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Stately Plants for Midsummer Bloom

Fragrant Trumpets
Trumpets, Aurelians (and some hybrids involving Lilium henryi ) bloom in July. The old fashioned purebred Trumpets and Lilium regale a heavy, perfumed fragrance - a perfect transition between early-flowering Asiatic lilies and the spicy-scented Oriental lilies. Colors range from lemon yellow to orange-melon, pink to ruby pink, white, and many differing combinations. These lily bulbs grow best in areas of moderate winter temperatures. Although they survive most Midwestern winters with additional protection, buds could be damaged in severe late frosts (down past 20 degrees F.). Choose Oriental-Trumpet (OT) varieties if this is a concern for you. Most areas do not need to mulch plants for the winter, just provide a well-drained location. Trumpet Lilies do not require as much winter chill to reset the bulb for flowering, and can therefore be grown deep into the southern states with success.

Staking Trumpet Lilies: Although most of the Trumpet lilies do not require staking the first year of planting, as they are typically only one-half to two-thirds their mature height the first summer, you may want to plan for a support later. Position a 12 inch wooden stake next to the bulb when planting, and if support is needed later, it can be replaced with a sturdy 4 foot stake without fear of damage to the bulb.

Clone vs. Strain: Clones are genetically identical; flower and bloom habit will not vary from plant to plant. A strain is a group of seedlings produced from similar hybrid crosses, the plants vary in appearance or bloom habit but will all carry the same base color.


On July 30 of 2022, when uploading our Spring 2023 catalog, we announced that most lilies would be in short supply, and as such we are now sold out for this season. For those who missed out on the full listing, there is still hope for Spring 2023 planting in April. Whatever stock is remaining in cold storage will be offered by the dozen, although most will be “odds and ends” in limited quantities.

After 45 years of producing what our customers have told us are the best of the best in lilies, we are retiring after shipping is completed in April. With the lack of available help for planting, harvesting, and processing our bulbs, it seems that the time is right. This being the case, in Mid April, we will be listing whatever stock is remaining. A news letter will be sent out at that time. (There will be no lily bulbs offered for Fall 2023 planting.) For those who have been inquiring about the magnificent hybrids of our longtime friend, Johan Mak, Bob agreed to continue with his selections for shipping and planting during the Spring of 2024. Johan's varieties will be uploaded mid summer after his crop estimates have been completed.

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Bob and Dianna
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