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Tree Lily Anastasia — 45 Comments

  1. Alistair – Every time I think I’ve seen your best lilies, you follow-up with even more spectacular ones. I wonder what’s coming next?!

  2. I’ve never grown these lilies though my neighbour does and I admire them in her garden though just can’t see them being part of my own. This year I did start to admire the turk cap ones in various colours and they seem to reach similar heights to your tree lilies. Lovely set of photos Alistair.

  3. Deb, our woodland is controlled to a certain extent, in fact I am getting concerned about the large Sycamore which is in danger of dominating the area if I am not careful.

  4. Alistair, I am amazed at your lilies, and your entire garden! I very much enjoyed the slideshow of your 2012 gardens. All of your flowers are beautiful, and even your woodland garden is pristine! Your woodland is grown-up, refined, and drop dead gorgeous; mine is a wild step cousin!

  5. Hi Alistair, Not everyone likes the spicy fragrance of tree lilies, but I happen to love that scent. The flowers really do perfume the air. I like the Anastasia and Honeymoon lilies particularly. The slide show is excellent and shows off your garden nicely.

  6. So many beautiful lilies, I can’t pick a favorite! Thank you for the eye-candy. I am thinking of adding some too if I can find room :). I love the sunset shot of your garden.

  7. Those lilies do look stunning. I’ve only got a limited number of varieties and now I want to get more after looking at those pictures!

  8. Hi Linnie, when in the gallery page there is a small x on the top left hand side, this takes you back when clicked. You know that I use canes, not a very pretty sight. Many people wander if I am from another planet but its never usually suggested in such a kind way.

  9. Oh Alistair, your gardens are always so lovely. How on earth do you do it? I liked the slide show but couldn’t see how to get back to your post from it so I started over. Your lilies are amazing but I find that for me the taller they are the more they fall over. Not yours though. Are you really from another planet or what?
    xo L

  10. Orienpet is certainly an awkward word. But Tree Lily seems a bit silly. Thanks for your comment. I looked up climate information for Aberdeen. It’s not so very different than Seattle. We’re quite a bit farther south, at about the latitude of Paris. So it’s not surprising that it should be somewhat warmer here. We’re also about 200 kilometers from the coast. We lack those cooling breezes in summer. We get a bit more rain, even though it doesn’t fall in summer. I suppose the lack of summer rain is the biggest difference.

  11. I’ve been growing tree lilies for about three years now. I had a lovely display last year, not so good this year, probably because of the weather. Yours look really beautiful.

  12. Alistair, your lilies are quite something to behold! I had a look at your garden photos and I’m green with envy over your Secret and Woodland Garden … the one with the pathway and the bench. How magical and beautiful it looks, the sort of garden I aspire to. It’s just too beautiful Alistair!!

  13. I know you did say that in the post. Donna mentioned seeing them for sale both ways in the US. I buy from Canada too where I would have expected to see the other name and only ever saw them listed as Orienpets. I will have to look harder, I guess. I am actually glad you noted another name for them.

  14. Those tree lilies look fantastic and they look even better in your garden, contrasting and complementing with the other plants surrounding them. Gorgeous blooms indeed!

  15. What an oddity on naming the Orienpets. I have a number of them and specify them often to extend the lily season of the Asiatics until the Orientals flower for clients. I buy wholesale and never saw them advertised as Tree Lilies.

  16. I love lilies in any form, but these are very impressive. Thanks for letting us know what they are called in different countries. I had never heard the term lily tree, but orienpets I have. (Although I don’t have any in my garden.) I think I like the term Goliath the best – it’s descriptive and easy to remember!

  17. I forgot all about the association with Lilies and funerals Ryan. Keep those Zombies away from me though, you really should keep your blog up to date.

  18. Hi Larry, some of these Orienpets are still in full bloom here, very late, although we are having some good weather at the moment. The only part of our garden that has needed the hose this year is the woodland bank where it is exceptionally free draining. Hope you don’t lose any of those fabulous trees which are in your garden.

  19. Alistair I love the tree lilies and have seen them advertised both ways here in the US. I love the yellow one. For having such cool, wet weather your garden is amazing and I love the Carousel and will have to give it a try. It really showcases the beauty of your garden.

    Finally got a break in the weather yesterday! Have a lovely weekend.

  20. Hi Alistair… truly amazing! Orienpets in September… ours were at peak on July 8th and we had open gardens to commemorate them! I’ve found that there are many more selections available from the UK and have just obtained a permit from the USDA to import them along with other types of lilies. I have several orienpets that are in the wrong place and expect to move many of them this fall. It should be interesting… others will be left as they are despite being in the same spot for several years and show no inclination to need moving or dividing. Without a doubt, the most astounding plant of all was Sheherazade which continued in some aspect of bloom for five to six weeks despite our terribly hot summer. I believe this selection carries many additional ‘lateral’ flower buds which open after the main show has passed. whatever the case, these were a highlight of the summer gardens.

    We continue with our drought despite areas around us having experienced good rains. I think we’ve had perhaps 1/2″ of rain from on high in the past six weeks, so I continue constant watering and pulling about of hoses, in hopes of saving addition long term drought damage to a great many of the trees.

    Take good care and my best to you and your wife…. Larry

  21. Hello Alistair
    Wow!! Your lilies are so colourful, so healthy – so gorgeous!!! The few I had bloomed in July so it’s so refreshing to see these beauties in your garden now. Thanks for all the information. I will buy more lilies next spring – they are truly a fragrant joy (too bad blogs don’t have a “sniff it” button! I bet they smell beautiful.)

  22. Hi Alastair, I like the gallery, very comprehensive, gives a very good idea of the whole garden. The lilies are very beautiful and stately. I am prejudiced since I had them inside in a vase and ended up getting my clothes and carpet dyed orange! But I know it’s unfair – they belong in the garden and they are definitely spectacular. cheers, catmint

  23. My wife’s favourite flowers, Lilys, can’t blame her either they look great. We even had them at our wedding despite them being thought of more as a funeral flower.

  24. I have also been a bit confused about what the actual name is for the lilies I bought this year, exactly the same as yours, only a different variety, I bought ‘Miss Feya’ and I also bought them from J. Parkers. I think I will stick to Giant Goliath Lilies, but Tree Lilies is just as good a name – or will hopefully be when mine gets a bit more mature!

    My lilies were a mixed bag this year too, some did very well, others didn’t flower much or not at all. Not enough sun and too much rain combined with too many slugs early in the season I guess. Loved your Robert Swanson, think I need to add it to my wish-list!

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