‘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.
They are stunning. You chose great places for them, they really look nice with the bee balm and daylilies.
Thanks. I think so, too.
SO tempted to buy some of these, but my local deer herd would gobble them up. I will have to enjoy yours. They are spectacular.
Ooh, sorry about the deer. They are a problem in some areas nearby, but not in our neighborhood. Even worse than rabbits, I’m told.
I agree that these tall elegant lilies are an extravagance which we should all treat ourselves to. This one is a beauty. A great idea to have the monarda around it to help keep it upright in winds.
Yes, I think the Monarda makes a nice companion, though I cut it back to give the lilies more access to sun.
Fabulous. Mine just opened yesterday and they’re awesome here as well, just a lot shorter than yours, probably due to the crappy soil.
The lily beetles are what keep me from adding a bunch more here as well. I saw the first ones this spring and quickly killed them, but where there are three there are three thousand I think.
Safer to make that assumption. Still haven’t seen a single one around here, but it’s probably just a matter of time.
Your flowers are gorgeous. I would love to have all of them in my yard.
Drop by and I’ll share some.
Beautiful! I love lilies, and they actually grow in my shady yard. However, those red lily beetles, a relatively recent arrival to Maine, decimated the lilies in my garden, and I just haven’t been tempted to put any more in.
That is really tragic. I hope they stay away from here!
Me, too! Dratted things.
Those are beautiful lilies!
We have the beetle here so I gave up on lilies, and I miss them.
So sorry. I would miss them also.
I’ve never seen such a lily. I tend not to favor them, but I’ve mostly known daylilies. This is something entirely other. Besides, anything that suggests lemon meringue pie is ok in my book.
Yes! Banana cream, also.
I had those, but bindweed has overtaken my garden and life! They look good with the raspberry wine Monarda.
Ugh, bindweed can be a plague.
Absolutely stunning. Unfortunately we have the dreaded lily beetle so I have given up on lilies, I will just have to enjoy yours!
Sorry to hear that.
They are wonderful Jason, alone for their height! They certainly make a great statement in your front garden. I only tried growing lilies once and the beetles came and it was horrible, so I really do hope they will not find you garden and these stunners. Enjoy!
Thanks. I may take up religion just so I can pray to keep the beetles far away.
We are convinced that is why the farmers in Bavaria are all staunch Catholic…. they need to pray for rain. 😉
Beautiful combo with the bee balm. Do you get any pollinators, or insects (the good kind) at these lilies?
Now that you mention it, I don’t think so.
Jason that is a gorgeous combination .. I can almost smell them myself.
You are SO lucky to to have to contend with the beetle .. I just killed some this morning and my lilies are being ravaged by them still .. I don’t know what I am going to do .. dig lilies up I supposed even though I love them Casa Blanca especially .. but battling this beetle is just too much.
Enjoy yours ! .. they do remind me of lemon pie too ! LOL
The more I read about this beetle the more frightened I get.
I have always loved the true lilies but don’t dare have any in this garden, because of *&$#@! rabbits )(*&*&^% …. I’d have to cage them from top to bottom with protective mesh, which would rather detract from any display. 😦 I did indulge myself at my previous garden which had no rabbit problem at all, thanks to a nearby resident fox.
I cage mine until they are tall enough to keep the rabbits from eating the top leaves.
I completely agree, your lilies impart a sense of luxury and joyful extravagance….Lilies are really special, they stand out from the crowd. Even in the days when I was too busy to garden properly, the faithful and beautiful lilies in the garden always arrived, flowering and smiling.
That’s why I hope to keep them around as long as I can, provided the beetles don’t arrive.
I agree about the sense of joyful extravagance! They are truly a sight to behold . . . and then there’s that fragrance! 🙂
Love the fragrance!
I have been afraid of having llilies because of all the beetles – so I loved seeing your. Just beautiful.
I’ve been lucky with the beetles so far, knock on wood.
Ours are huge as well, and it’s fun to watch people walk by with amazement in their eyes. Ours are a apricot-rougie color, and they’re the last, but very impressionable, to bloom.
That sounds lovely.
Hello Jason, I’m really jealous, I would love to have groups of lilies all over the garden, but we had a whole load of lily beetle as soon as we planted the first patio pots with them and haven’t dared add more bulbs since. We’re able to keep on top of them as long as we just have the small numbers of lilies we do. I hope they don’t notice your lilies. I wonder if your climate conditions mean fewer survive overwintering?
Ours are planted in the ground. They do seem fairly short-lived here, needing replacement every 3 or 4 years.
Whoa…that’s tall! Love the pale yellow colouring.
So do I!
Wow, love the lily!!! Such a beauty, I can just imagine the scent. Lovely combination too. I have the lily beetle so I grow most of mine in pots now and constantly move them. I came across a real beauty growing by the raised veggie beds recently, it was a lovely surprise as I’d forgotten where I’d put it!xxx
Does growing in pots discourage the beetle? Or just makes it easier to pick it off?