Lilies in the W US this year

Jim Benson via pbs
Wed, 21 Jun 2023 12:44:50 PDT
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.

	-----------------------------------------From: "Paige Woodward via

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Cc: "Paige Woodward"
Sent: Tuesday June 20 2023 9:16:04PM
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

 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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