Bragging Rights ?

James Waddick
Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:57:06 PDT
Dear Friends,
	I just went out to measure a self sown seedling of Lilium 
lancifolium that measures from the ground to tip of the flower scape 
90 inches (228.6 cm).

	This single bulb is growing in a clump of Paeonia ostii and 
adjacent to a planted clump of diploid L. lancifolium planted years 
ago.  The diploid form of this species is less common in cultivation 
than the typical triploid 'Tiger Lily'.  Bulbs were obtained from 
Heronswood and have seeded around lightly as well as producing 
aerial/stem bulbils. Plants usually bloom in the range of 4 to 5 feet.

	I can only guess that this single towering giant was 
influenced by our heavy spring rains this year and growing in a clump 
of shrubs that provide some shade to the bulb and the bulb stays a 
bit cooler. The thirsty peonies may also provide some extra good 
drainage. The lily towers over the peonies.

	At 2 1/2 yards tall it has just opened its first of numerous 
flowers so was ripe to measure: it won't get much taller now.

	Although I claim 'bragging rights', as a self sown seed I had 
little do with it. It is a magnificent specimen.

	Enjoying this weedy lily.		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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