‘Conca d’Or’ is a magnificent Lily. It is one of a class of hybrids known as “Orienpets”, created by crossing Trumpet and Oriental Lilies.
Right at the moment it is the most dramatic flower in the Front Garden. It grows on strong, upright stems up to 8 feet tall. A clump of 5 emerges from the Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) to anchor the whole Sidewalk Border at this time of year.
The flowers are enormous. Ranging in color from lemon-yellow to cream, they make me think of lemon meringue pie.
They have a sweet fragrance which seems particularly noticeable in late afternoon and early evening.
There’s a single specimen growing at the far end of the Driveway Border, where passersby can be sure to get a good sniff.
I am thankful that our garden has not yet been discovered by the dreaded Red Lily Beetle. For this reason I am able to fight off the temptation to expand the number and varieties of Lily that we grow. However, I certainly intend to maintain the number lilies that we currently have. There are few flowering plants able to impart such a sense of luxury and joyful extravagance.