Naming and introduction of Lilium Enchantment

Jim McKenney
Sat, 24 Jan 2004 18:32:43 PST
Thanks, all, for your varied contributions to this question about the
birthdate of Lilium Enchantment. 

I've been busy on this front, too, and have come up with what I will accept
as the definitive statement; it comes from Jan De Graaff himself, writing
in the RHS Lily Year Book for 1953 (p.27):
"It is remarkable that from these Lilies, raised from seed planted in 1942,
I got 'Enchantment', and this year I had 50,000 saleable bulbs."

So John Bryan's guesstimate was right on the money!

Jane, your comments about rarely seeing Hemerocallis fulva in flower
reminded me of something similar. I listed Lilium hansonii among my
favorite 5 yellow flowered bulbs. During the teens and through the '30's of
the twentieth century, David Griffiths, who was the USDA's bulb guru and
was acitvely invloved in establishing bulb culture in the Pacific
Northwest, noted that Lilium hansonii was easily grown at commercial levels
at the Bellingham station, but they rarely saw it in bloom : late frosts
generally killed the flower buds. 

I try to remember things like that for those times when I start to think
that those of you in dry summer areas have all the advantages. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, zone 7, where the only crocus up are the
vitreous shells of some Crocus laevigatus which started before the cold got

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