Lilies, anyone?

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RickR
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I've seen Lilium pyrenaicum seed on the NARGS seed ex that is described as "sweet scented".

  Does anyone have any input on this?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

IMYoung
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For me, "sweet scent" is what Lilium regale, or formosanum or the oriental trumpet types have.
I know that those can be cloying for some folks. They can be a bit overpowering in quantty and close proximity indoors, I agree - but  pyrenaicum smells bad - even just passing them in the garden I hate the smell - too much of the "not so recently dead" about them. I'd love to hear from someone who can attribute a recognizably pleasant smell to them!

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

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Tony Willis
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IMYoung wrote:

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Maggi, maybe I shouldn't ask, but how would you describe the smell of L. pyrenaicum blooms?

:D Well, I know that it is often possible to describe scents as being similar to some other familiar fragrance, or stink, as the case may be  :P   but for these lilies I am stuck for a comparison . :-\

Unpleasantly foetid but not in a way I can easily characterise.  Just yucky!!

The word that comes to mind for me is Fox (being polite) droppings!

Toole
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IMYoung wrote:

 pyrenaicum smells bad - even just passing them in the garden I hate the smell - too much of the "not so recently dead" about them.

Mmm.......at the moment Arisaema tortuosum is having the same effect on me --so much so i'm avoiding walking down the path where a patch is in bloom.

Anyway on a more pleasant note the L.martagons have started .....

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Hoy
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Lilies? I have to wait a long time for them. . . . Last night we got 60cm snow and a gale is expected to hit tomorrow evening.

Good to see your lilies then, Dave!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Toole
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20C early this morning --10c at lunch time with rain so great for the shrubs and the mass of white carpet roses i was planting out this arvo for a client.
It'll be a snow white effect in time Hoy but without the cold  ;)

My hope is for regular rain over the next week and beyond so there aren't any losses while folk are away for the xmas break.

Cold enough tonight that we have have the log burner going  :rolleyes:

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Lori S.
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20C in the morning to -10C at lunch... sounds like the weather here!  ;D ;D 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Toole
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Oops  i guess you could read my post above as minus 10C when in fact it dropped to 10C.
I do need to watch where i place my -'s .......... :D

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Yes, just kidding, Dave.  ;D  I knew you were referring to +10C... (but we really do get ridiculous temperature swings like that (-10 to +20C) sometimes here when chinooks roll in in the winter.)

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Gene Mirro
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Joined: 2010-02-25

My best stem of L. mackliniae so far.  Six flowers:

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Everything here is very early because of several weeks of hot, sunny, dry weather in early May.

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

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