'Midnight' strain is blooming

botanybabeJuly 4, 2006

I have a huge clump of "Midnight" strain. There are over a hundred buds in this clump. They are just starting to open. I thought you might enjoy a peek at them.


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I have been "googling" the words lilium and Midnight strain etc., only to find B&D Lilies and The Lily Garden say that Midnight strain refers to a purplish trumpet lily. The pictures are nothing at all like yours. This must be a totally different kind of "Midnight" strain, right? Is it an oriental? How many bulbs did you plant in order to have over 100 buds? They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing! :0) Phyl

    Bookmark   July 4, 2006 at 8:32PM
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Hi Phyl,

I've been told these are actually "Scherezade," which is okay with me, but it's not what I ordered and paid for. I figure I probably got the best of that deal. Anyway, I planted one bulb about 5 years ago. Last year there were four stems in the clump, this year there are seven. BUT this year there are fewer blossoms per clump so I still have about a hundred. I probably have fewer blossoms per stem this year because I didn't fertilize last fall.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2006 at 11:57PM
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This is the Oriental x Trumpet (Orienpet) hybrid 'Scheherazade', very well grown!!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2006 at 11:58PM
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They are still STUNNING! I am excited myself, to see my first blooms of these OTs/TRumpets planted last fall/this spring:

5 Orania
5 Red Hot
J&P mixed OTs (only 5 of 8 came up) :0(
1 Anastasia
1 Arabesque
1 American Spirit
1 American Heritage
2 Visa Versa
5 Robina
5 Lady Alice (Trumpet)
3 Anaconda (Trumpet)
3 Amethyst Temple (Trumpet)

The rest I planted were asiatics and orientals (Mojave, Lovely Girl, Excelsior, Italia, Jubileo, Species Rubrum, Muscadet, Tom Pouce, and another collection of orientals).

BTW, anyone have comments/experience with the above?
Thanks! Phyl

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 7:29AM
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chemguynj(z6 NJ)

Hi Phyl
Which of your list is blooming now? I'm at sort of an intermission between asiatics and orientals. I bought some of the American lilies but these were planted late this year. When does Red Hot bloom in NY?


    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 6:33PM
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How about some photos! We'd love to see them.

I've grown Amethyst Trumpet, but it's still quite young and not up to performance standards. Beautiful flowers, though.


    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 10:14PM
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rommy(z8 NC)

Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing the picture!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 6:58PM
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