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Saint Paddy

'Saint Paddy' - J. Mak Oriental Hybrid

Item# L7430
"Sorry, Sold Out Fall 2021"new
We are again honored to be able to offer our customers a selection very limited production lilies from Master Breeder, Johan Mak of Oregon. We have always considered Johan to be not only the top breeder in the USA, but also in the world. In 2017, Johan was honored with the E. H. Wilson Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the North American Lily Society.

'Saint Paddy' is a lily that almost defies description as there is nothing that has ever been bred or available to which it can be compared. In our 43 years with lilies, viewing hundreds of thousands of seedlings in that time, never have we seen an Oriental present us a shamrock green face. Only L. nepalense, a native of the mountains of Nepal, is green in color. In nature, green toned Oriental natives simply do not exist.

Of great value for its potential as a breeder because of its genetic uniqueness, 'Saint Paddy' is also a magnificent garden lily of unique, stunning beauty. In discussing this lily with Johan, he raised the concern that “sometimes a flower does not fully open properly” which he, being the consummate perfectionist, felt was a flaw, but Dianna offered that it adds “artistic value” in the garden - saying, “I love it”! The accompanying photo insert shows one of the more curled flowers that can and probably will appear. Buds #1 and #2 opened normally whereas bud #3's, petal edges curl up a bit. Could this be due to temperature, moisture content, or another outside environmental influence? There is no answer. If it were genetic all flowers would likely be the same.

When queried about parentage for breeders wanting to know, Johan's reply was that he had been crossing select Oriental seedlings over the years and one day, 'Saint Paddy' showed up in the field. All we know for sure is that it is pure Oriental, through and through.

Added allure of 'Saint Paddy' comes from the pattern of delicate cinnamon / nutmeg colored spots that are the perfect foil to the fascinating green coloration. Blooming in July, the flowers are sweetly fragrant and are carried on 3 foot stems. Though fading has not been of concern in Johan's garden, in areas of temperatures over 90F or so in mid / late July, we feel a little light shade in the afternoons will strengthen the green coloration just as light shade strengthens lilies of pastel pinks. Intensity of green may vary with the PH of your soil. As a reference, Johan's field is slightly acidic. If you are in an area of alkaline soils, adding aluminum sulfate (used for making hydrangeas blue) yearly will increase acidity. We have no experience with the intensity of the green produced when grown in "sweet" soils as 'Saint Paddy' is a first of its kind.

There are only 10 bulbs being offered of 'Saint Paddy' for this fall. For now and through harvest, we are placing a limit of one (1) bulb to a customer to give everyone a chance to add this garden wonder to their lily display. If you wish more than one, please indicate so under “Comments” during checkout. Following harvest, we will contact you if extra bulbs are available, in order of date of inquiry.

SHIPPING NOTE: As this is a higher priced "collector lily", if by adding to an existing order or when included with other bulbs, should their price place your order in the next higher shipping category, we will be charging shipping at the same amount as if your order had not included this lily.

Bulb Size - Our standard for bulbs of this Oriental Hybrid Lily Bulb cultivar ranges from Premium-size (16/18 cm) to Exhibition-size (over 20 cm). Click here for details.

Classification: Oriental Hybrid Lily (USDA Zones 7b-9, lows to +5 F. Winter mulch recommended in the colder climates)

Stock # 7430 - 'Saint Paddy' - Oriental Hybrid Lily
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