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  1. Ina Gawne
    August 15, 2011

    Tom – your lilies are stunning! Thanks for the tip – I have a few lilies about to flower any day now so I will happily follow your advice!
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  2. Janet NZ
    August 15, 2011

    I LOVE the scent of lilies. To me they are what Christmas smells like.
    I don’t grow them, but always take the stamens out of the flowers because, I understand the pollen is poisonous to animals and I don’t want my cats to get pollen on their furs and get sick from licking it off.
    Your garden is so beautiful – if you have to be awake in the night, rather than sleeping the sleep of the innocent, you could do no better than enjoy that luscious perfume xxx
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  3. Susan
    August 15, 2011

    Such beauty. I am still chuckling at the reason Boz loves the lilies. You are so clever.
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  4. Chris
    August 16, 2011

    Great Lilies and an aweseome view to enjoy! Have never removed stamens, but have suffered many indignities due to them on a white starched shirt…..
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  5. Shirley
    August 16, 2011

    Gorgeous, gorgeous lilies, Tom! I’m laughing about Boz’s love for lilies, too. I only had a few lilies much earlier in the season (our area is not as friendly to lilies as yours) and not enough to garner our Sonny’s attention, but I’m sure he’d share Boz’s love, too. ;-)

    Okay, so being a beekeeping family and “pro” pollinators (the beekeepers are even trying to get a pollinator license plate here in VA), are their adverse effects to removing the stamen? Are you interfering with nature and will it affect how many lilies you have in the long run? I’m just asking “blindly” … not trying to figure it out myself. ;-)

    Thanks,
    Shirley

    • Tom
      August 17, 2011

      Shirley, I have two acres of weed flowers to satisfy my bees ;-)
      By not producing seed pods, the lily puts more energy back into the bulb for a bigger flowers and taller stalks next season. This is what I’ve found to be the case. I don’t remove stamens on all lilies, just the ones near walkways and those I plant in pots or put in vases.

  6. tasteofbeirut
    August 16, 2011

    Nice of you to mention your dog’r reason for loving lilies; they are so beautiful, lucky dog! Anyway, reading this made me think of a business idea for you: What about planting the crocuses (or whatever flowers they are) that make saffron? That way, you will use your skills and start a cottage industry as well. ?
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    • Tom
      August 17, 2011

      Joumana, I love that idea, but not sure my back does, plucking saffron crocus stamens on my knees, ummm maybe there’s a super tall variety. ;-)

  7. Dianne
    August 16, 2011

    Gorgeous lilies! You know, I haven’t thought of trying those here in Oregon…thanks for the tips.
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  8. renae
    August 16, 2011

    The lilies are beautiful! How do you keep your alien deer away?
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  9. June
    August 16, 2011

    Hollyhocks, phlox, lilies, roses and Boz …can this old chick move into your henhouse?
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    • Tom
      August 17, 2011

      Yes June, and with your cooking skills you get the guest cabin and full access to Boz!

  10. Eileen
    August 17, 2011

    Just beautiful!

  11. Scott
    August 17, 2011

    Don’t you just love Lilies…and you are so right about the PNW being practically made for them. I will have to give that a try next year (they are almost done blooming now in my garden for the season). I’m determined to find a super-fragrant lily to place by my front steps (and another for the back yard by my little seating area)…any suggestions?
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    • Tom
      August 17, 2011

      Hi Scott, here are my recommendations for fragrant lilies. Skip planting Asian lilies; they’re early, short and no perfume. For garden presence, I’d plant at least 10 in a drift or clump for best effect or two nearby clumps of five, for a total of twenty bulbs between the front yard and back. I’d plant one type in the front yard and one type in the backyard: Oriental Lilies and Orientpet Lilies, respectively.
      Orienpet Lilies: July – August bloomers, cross between trumpet and Oriental lilies, subtle but delightful perfume. Amazingly tall, mine are now 7 feet tall, a variety called Satisfaction.
      Oriental Lilies: Mid to late August Bloomers, rich fragrance, 4-5 feet tall, amazing variety. I especially like Dizzy (unfortunate name) and Gold Band and Corso.
      Source: Scott, I really like John Scheepers for bulbs. And the Trumpet Lily Regale is also favorite and a July bloomer. They like good drainage.

  12. lori
    August 23, 2011

    Are you married? I think I’m in love.

  13. Alex
    August 29, 2011

    Great post and thanks for sharing your experiene with your readers. Really enjoyed reading your post on how to enjoy the blooms of lily for a longer period of time. Do keep posting such wonderful articles :)

    • Tom
      August 31, 2011

      Thanks Alex, how fun to hear all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Best regards from the States, Tom

  14. Marianne
    January 1, 2013

    I do not twitter or use face book. Thanks for the tips and the information, Your garden is magnificent. I shall now look for your books.

  15. Michael
    August 17, 2013

    Beautiful lilies Tom! Great pictures… I also grow alot of the oriential lilies here in South Carolina! They bloom all summer long. Love their huge flowers and wonderful fragrance! My wife really loves them, make a huge vase of lilies and adding someone ferns with them.

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    • Tom
      August 17, 2013

      Thanks Michael, Nice to know lilies do well in the heat of the South. I wasn’t sure, and I wondered if they needed a winter chill to thrive as well. As a child, I lived in Myrtle Beach, and the nursery down the road from us used to refrigerate tulip bulbs before planting. Take care and I love your birdhouses!

  16. Chris
    June 27, 2014

    Tom, a delight to revisit this post. I’m going to try your stamen trick and see how it works.
    Thanks for the inspiration ….

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