Lilies in the W US this year

Paige Woodward via pbs
Wed, 21 Jun 2023 13:49:12 PDT
Hi, Jim. What species of Iris? Tenax, perhaps, or douglasiana? If you sent pictures, I can’t view them (boring, sorry). Paige 

> On Jun 21, 2023, at 12:44 PM, Jim Benson via pbs <> wrote:
> From Brookings OR We have had a fine year of Coastal Iris blooming
> yellow, blue and violet along drive way under birch trees and mail
> boxes. Better this year than last as had more spring rain.
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> Subject: [pbs] Lilies in the W US this year
> How are the wild lilies of the western US faring this year? Anyone
> been out hiking? Anyone have sources of information to suggest?
> Over on the Lilium list, friends reported that on brief forays in N
> California and S Oregon in the past couple of years, lilies were gone
> or far between at familiar sites, the terrain often clearcut (possibly
> for firebreaks) or otherwise devastated.
> Wild lilies bloom around now, if they’re going to. Several times
> during the past couple of decades there’ve been Lily Chases, in
> which small groups of worshipers visited wild lilies and photographed
> them, travelling in convoy through California, Oregon and Washington
> State. The sites were scouted in advance because every year is
> different.
> The past couple of years have been very different indeed, however.
> There won’t be a formal Lily Chase this summer. I wonder if
> there’ll ever be again.
> Paige Woodward
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