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Jim McKenney
Fri, 23 Jan 2004 12:56:28 PST
John, you chose your words carefully in saying that Enchantment was
introduced in the early 1950's. I remember reading somewhere that
Enchantment was raised in 1938. I've checked a few sources since reading
your posting and cannot yet confirm that date. I have The Lily Year Book
for 1949 where Enchantment is the "cover girl"; a quick scan of the article
there did not reveal a date of raising. I don't have the 1947 edition at
hand, although I do have 1948, 1950 and 1951-2. I'll keep looking. I have
not checked the NALS journals yet, either.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland zone 7, where the weather this week is less
than enchanting  

At 11:55 AM 1/23/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>Dear All; 
>I must reply to Jim McKenney's posting.
>Enchantment was one of the first of the Mid-Century Hybrids, introduced
>by Oregon Bulb Farms in the early 50's. Jim is correct, there were not
>many Asiatic Hybrids on the market. Jan de Graaff and Earl Hornback and
>John W. Heyer who worked at the OBF in the 40's. Enchantment was around
>for a few years prior to introduction, it was exported to Holland in
>1960, and in the next few years was produced in quantity there. We
>raised many acres of Enchantment and indeed was one of our best sellers.
>The blood lines are a little obscure, but certainly L.tigrinum was
>involved, and passed on the bulbil production to Enchantment, and also
>the distinct black tips to the buds, a trait still to be seen in
>descendants of these. In the 30's de Graaff started with lilies, but it
>was after WW II that the OBF got going and devoted the entire production
>capacity to lilies. When I arrived there in 1961, there were a few
>Narcissus grown, Mount Hood, still a great white, was one of them, but
>by the end of 1962 all Narcissus production stopped. 
>There is a great article in the 1947 RHS Lily Year Book by Jan de Graaff
>and John Heyer, The Commercial Production of Hybrid Lilies. Earl
>Hormback contributed much to the development of the Mid Century Hybrids,
>and was helped by Harold Coomber, and later with Eddy McRae who today is
>the leading expert on Lilies. We were students at the Royal Botanic
>Garden Edinburgh and were together again at the OBF. The Year Books of
>the North American Lily Society have numerous articles on the
>development of the Asiatic Lilies, as do the books by Jan de Graaff. 
>At the time of introduction, there was no doubt that Enchantment was a
>giant step forward, yet I can remember that when I called on nurseries,
>many had not thought of listing lilies in their catalogs and selling was
>not easy. How things have changed. Thought this information would be of
>interest. Cheers, John E. Bryan
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