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"In the Works"

"In the Works"One of the most common questions we hear is “what’s new” followed by “what’s your favorite”? Our “favorites” are the lilies we grow, if we do not like it, we simply do not grow it. It is usually the new introductions that are thought of first when asked about favorites, but the 50 year garden veterans rate just as high in our hearts. For example, ‘Gold Eagle’, that was introduced in 1957 by Leslie Woodriff, still rates as one of the finest Aurelian types ever developed. Though some of the new golden yellow Orienpets are finding favor over ‘Gold Eagle’, in popularity, it is a variety that we will always have in our gardens and as such will continue to be a “favorite”.

Our lilies go through extensive trials not only on our own farm, but in a few select customers gardens as well. They are tested for fading in the hot eastern California sun, for winter tolerance in Wisconsin, and for hot, humid, Louisiana weather not to mention for fungus resistance here in our cold and damp Pacific Northwest.

The following photos show some of the varieties both in trials and in full propagation. Typically from seed to market, 8 to 10 years is common. As varieties are name, those names and introduction dates will be noted here. Watch your "favorites" as they progress through trials. Don't feel bad if you check up on one you have been watching and it is gone. It means it was not worthy of your garden. Along with these, there are several hundred more recent selections that over the years will be pared down to less than a dozen – the best of the best. These 50 plus “In the Works” are the final selections made from virtually thousands of seedlings. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse of the future. As time permits, more selections will be added. Just this past year alone (2015) over 2 gigabytes of digital photos were taken of “potential” winners alone. It can be heartbreaking to have watched a “favorite” for 5 or 6 years to then see it start to decline and end up as food for farm animals, but the feelings of satisfaction when a new “favorite” is finally planted in your garden is great.

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 Buff 1C Asiatic
Buff 1C Asiatic

2004js4
 Orienpet Selection
Orienpet Selection

2008MlOt5
 Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2007MlOr2
 Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr13A1
 Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr33
 Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOrGreen3
 Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr20
 Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2004jrot4
 Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2008MlOT13
4n Trumpet Breeder
4n Trumpet Breeder

2004etr4n1
Asiatic Brushmark
Asiatic Brushmark

2004js2
Asiatic Hybrid
Asiatic Hybrid

06asi5
Asiatic Hybrid
Asiatic Hybrid

06asi3
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Asiatic Hybrid

06Asi1
Asiatic Hybrid
Asiatic Hybrid

06asi6
Asiatic Hybrid
Asiatic Hybrid

06asi7
Asiatic Hybrid
Asiatic Hybrid

06asi8
Asiatic x Trumpet  (Asipet)
Asiatic x Trumpet (Asipet)

06asipet7
Asiatic x Trumpet  (Asipet)
Asiatic x Trumpet (Asipet)

06asipet6
Asiatic x Trumpet  (Asipet)
Asiatic x Trumpet (Asipet)

06Asipet2
Asiatic x Trumpet  (Asipet)
Asiatic x Trumpet (Asipet)

06Asipet1
Auratum Selection
Auratum Selection

2005jro4
Auratum x Henryi
Auratum x Henryi

2003dcot1
Buff/Pink 1C Asiatic
Buff/Pink 1C Asiatic

2004js1
Ed McRae 4n Trumpet
Ed McRae 4n Trumpet

2004etr2
Ed McRae OT Selection
Ed McRae OT Selection

2003eot3
Ed McRae OT Selection
Ed McRae OT Selection

2003eot2
Egger CopperKing Cln
Egger CopperKing Cln

2004jstr1
Egger First Love Hybrid 4n
Egger First Love Hybrid 4n

2003etr1
Egger Pink Perfection Clone
Egger Pink Perfection Clone

2003btr1
Egger ThunderBolt Hyb Breeder
Egger ThunderBolt Hyb Breeder

2005eot6
Friemann L. henryi x L. auratum
Friemann L. henryi x L. auratum

9126
Imperial Pink Type Oriental
Imperial Pink Type Oriental

2004jro7
McRae Oriental/Trumpet Selection
McRae Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2005eot8
Oriental
Oriental

2003jro6
Oriental
Oriental

2004jro5
Oriental / Trumpet
Oriental / Trumpet

2003eot1
Oriental / Trumpet
Oriental / Trumpet

2004eot3
Oriental / Trumpet
Oriental / Trumpet

2005eot5
Oriental / Trumpet
Oriental / Trumpet

2005eot7
Oriental / Trumpet
Oriental / Trumpet

2006eot2
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2006MlOr7
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr5
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr19
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr9
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2004MLOr4
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr12
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr21
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr11
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr26
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr309
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr27
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr4
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr28
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr37
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2007MlOrPictum1
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr29
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr15
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr7
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr23
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2008MlOr15
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2009MlOr17
Oriental Selection
Oriental Selection

2007MlOr18
Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2008MlOT9
Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2009MlOT24
Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2004tr0t3
Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2004jrot2
Oriental/Trumpet Selection
Oriental/Trumpet Selection

2004jrot1
Pink 1c Asiatic
Pink 1c Asiatic

2005js6
Trumpet Selection
Trumpet Selection

2008MlTr3

Wild Lilies
Timely Tips!
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base