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Trumpet / Aurelian Knowledge Base
In The Works
Now that the Species Lily Knowledge Base is to the point of being ready for fine-tuning, and because of the tremendous response to the Species section we have had from people all over the world, we have started a project of putting together a similar knowledge base with the focus being on the development of Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids. Having an in-house photo library of just about everything offered within the mainstream of these two divisions since the mid 1970’s, we called upon long time member of the North American Lily Society, Calvin Helsley to help fill in some of the blanks. Calvin is well known for his love of these two divisions of lilies, having worked for many years to grow and photograph the sometimes subtle differences between clones. Calvin very graciously sent us a CD-rom of varieties we did not have but even with his generous contribution, we were left with a big hole for photos of varieties extending from the late 1930’s until the late 1960’s.
Then out of the blue, we were contacted by the daughter of the late William (Bill) and Mary Hoffman looking for a safe haven for their collection of slides, photos, and negative film, which we most graciously accepted. Several days later, three large boxes showed up at the Post Office and to our utter surprise and amazement, the collection contained virtually all the work of the late Carlton Yerex, the “father” of the magnificent Aurelian Hybrids. Without his work in particular, we would still be living in the dark ages as far as these hybrids go. Also was a collection of nearly every lilium species as grown and photographed by Edgar Kline, not only the expert of his time, but probably all time. All of these will be scanned and added as inserts to the Species Knowledge Base as well. Historically important, they need to be shared with the world.
The Trumpet/Aurelian project will take 100’s of hours for scanning, write ups, and research to get them into as close of chronological order as possible including parentages. We hope in that putting together this knowledge base, it will help people understand just what a slow, arduous, and yes, sometimes painful process it is in development and release of new lilies.
The photo shown here to kick off this project is one of ‘Mei Ling’ that was registered by Yerex in 1946. By today’s standards, it's not much to look at, but when released by Edgar Kline in Oregon in 1949 it was priced at a whopping $4.95 per bulb! (The collection included all of Mr. Klines catalogs over the years.) Based on “average” wages of 1949 and those of 2010, that would be the equivalent of paying $240. today for this lily. Coinciding with the finding of this marvelous collection of photographs of the work of Carlton Yerex, we are offing this spring ‘Beaverton Pentimento’ which is believed to be one of his last releases.
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