The Tree Lily Anastasia and others in our garden
Anastasia, one of the recent lilies from America which is a hybrid of oriental and trumpet Lilies.
In America where they were bred, they are known as Orienpets and in the UK they have been named Tree Lilies. Its all a bit confusing really. Take Anastasia for instance, here in the UK the bulb sellers cant seem to make up their mind on how to promote it, some just refer to it as a new introduction, more often than not the whole range of them have been named (Tree Lilies) however Parkers where we purchased ours have named them (Goliaths) There is even more confusion which I will make further reference to. In the meantime what a beauty is Anastasia, last Summer was her first appearance in our Aberdeen garden.
We planted Anastasia and a few other Tree Lilies in the early Spring last year. Anastasia grew to a height of six feet, coming into flower in mid August. The expected height is said to be around 7/8ft hence the name tree lily. Apparently it takes two or three years for them to give of their best. This year the cool weather held back the opening of the flowers on Anastasia and they didn’t open until the first week of September. However it is taller this year almost seven ft six inches, and has many more blooms.
One of the other Tree Lilies (Honeymoon) purchased at the same time reached only five ft last year, and hasn’t grown any taller this year. Honeymoon flowers are a beautiful shade of yellow and have an exquisite fragrance. I am keeping my fingers crossed as it is said, not to expect the full potential of this one to be reached until the third year.
(Miss Lily) another of our Tree Lilies, looking very much like Anastasia performed just the same this year as it did last, OK as I have said they may not have reached full potential but I was made aware of this, what I didn’t tell you so far is, you can expect to get up to forty blooms on the one plant, the jury’s out.
Actually the broad stripes on Miss lily are quite a deep red and not pink like Anastasia. Another interesting point about the Tree Lilies is the fact that the colour of the blooms and breadth of the stripes vary, depending on the Summer temperatures.
Tree Lily (Leslie Woodriff) is the most magnificent one we have in this collection
Flowering in August last year, and this year the quality of the blooms on Leslie Woodriff are quite outstanding. This other highly perfumed Lily grew to over six feet tall last year and just the same this year except it has more blooms this time around. Bred by Robert Griesbach. It seems that Leslie Woodriff was introduced long before the name Orienpet or Tree Lily ever came about. Check this link for some very interesting facts on
Tree Lilies and Leslie Woodriff.
The last of our Tree Lilies which I have to show is Robert Swanson. Last year it produced no flowers. However in early Summer of this year the stems and buds were looking quite strong. Unfortunately the season has been very wet and colder than usual, when the buds did finally open on the 1st of September some of the blooms were damaged and had brown marks, all in all looking a bit sorry for themselves. The colour of yellow and red is very striking on Robert Swanson.
There is actually one other Tree Lily which was planted at the same time as these ones and as yet still hasn’t bloomed (Mr Job) a red one with apparently a hint of white around the edges. All going well, we shall see what next year has to offer.
Other Lilies in the garden this year were, Asiatics which were the first to bloom in July. They were looking strong but the constant rain and temperatures during the day sometimes as low as 12c/53f soon had them looking worse for the wear. The orange Tiger Lilies with black spots, last year I was bragging about them, this year they were dreadful, a few squidgy looking blooms attempted to make a go of it in late August early September. Turkscap Lily Hiawatha, well actually (I think it is an Asiatic with the look of a turkscap) red with black spots, this one was the best of them all under these conditions. The Orientals grew strong but the blooms didn’t stand much of a chance, although on a few warmer days the air in the garden was engulfed in a most beautiful fragrance. Well that’s all about Lilies for this year.
In my link (Our Garden) above I have just added the garden pictures for 2012. I am using a different format this time. Using a gallery slideshow from (Jetpack Carousel) I would like to know what your opinion is. I will most likely add a few Autumn photos later. In the meantime here is a couple below which I quite like.