Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stargazer or not --- still a drama queen

What with all the general busyness of the last couple of weeks, I almost forgot to take time to smell the lilies, but stopped at the museum garden last evening to admire this one.

Many of the lilies, both "true" and "day," are moving toward the end of their bloom cycles right now. This one, among the most spectacular, took a long time to open --- another reason why it slipped my mind.

We're calling it a "double Stargazer," but I'm not sure if that's accurate. Stargazer is a very popular variety of hybrid single "true" lily in various shades of pink first developed in 1974 and so-called because most Oriental lilies bloom with their faces oriented toward the ground; Stargazers bloom facing the sky.

There have been further adventures in plant genetics since then and this may well be a "double Stargazer." Or call it a double Oriental lily if you like. Whatever the case, it's dramatic.

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