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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 14, 2011 3:44 PM CST

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I don't think there is any way to describe the scent in the air as I stepped out of my rig upon my arrival at Mak's place. Can you say lilies as far as the eye can see? And all luscious oriental lilies of all forms, row after row. I noted that some visitors could not help but sniff as many as they could in the time allotted. These folks found themselves driving back to the Portland area with yellow faces. Hope no one got stopped for any reason!

The first photo here is a field view, just awesome Big Grin .

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I decided to start with the greenhouse. I was joined by the lady who chairs the lily bulb sales sponsored by the Lily Study Group (formerly the Pacific Northwest Lily Society, PNWLS). Note the very tall lily in the background. I saw some ridiculously tall lilies in the green house.
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Here are some closeups of some of the hundreds of lilies in the greenhouse.
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All of the lilies grown in the greenhouse are in shallow bulb crate type of containers.
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That's all for now. More coming!
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Aug 14, 2011 4:53 PM CST
I'm glad there's more coming. How beautiful! Wow!
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 14, 2011 6:31 PM CST

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A few more photos from inside the greenhouse. We had it to ourselves the whole time we were in there. I didn't even go down each row, preferring to not get myself pollinated!

Yellow orientals is one of the things Mak is breeding for:
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More to come Smiling ....
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Calif_Sue
Aug 14, 2011 6:54 PM CST

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Fantastic! The smell must have been divine! Thumbs up
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Aug 14, 2011 7:32 PM CST
Did you get to meet the Maks?
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 14, 2011 7:46 PM CST

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The fragrance was divine and when confined in the greenhouse it really smacks you up along side of the head when you open the door. But after being in there for a while it seems to be less strong, just a matter of getting used to it. Out is the field it is easier to discern the differences from one lily to another. There was one I swear smelled like melon!

Actually I first met the Maks years back when I first joined PNWLS and attended meetings in Portland. But I am just another face in the crowd so doubt they remember me from one time to the next. Mr. and Mrs. were both in attendance this time; we're talking seniors here, not juniors, lol. But I have met them also, at the 30th anniversary gathering in 2006. Heck, they cooked my lunch for me. lol, lol!
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Aug 14, 2011 7:51 PM CST
Mmmm, melons!

I've talked to Johan on the phone a few times. I think we would do better in person, LOL.

I so dream of going to your area. But then I know I'd want to move there.
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 14, 2011 8:12 PM CST

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Polly, I don't think you would know how to garden here without that winter layer of snow mulch Smiling .
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Aug 15, 2011 5:59 AM CST
Probably not. I'd give it a try, though.
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 15, 2011 10:49 AM CST

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Well... Siberian irises grow really well around here. Just sayin'...
Name: Shelly
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Shelly
Aug 15, 2011 12:33 PM CST
Oh wow! These are just beautiful! Thank you for taking us on your "field trip"!
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 17, 2011 12:25 AM CST

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Sneaking a few more in before I hit the sack...
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It sure is beautiful inside that greenhouse. There are only two greenhouses; one for seedlings and one for the blooming lilies. We were not allowed in the seedling greenhouse.
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I really love this one:
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I think that concludes my visit to the greenhouse. Up next: acres of field lilies!
This appears to be L. formosanum. I saw a few here and there. They are used as a "canary in the coal mine" to test for the presence of virus. They show symptoms of virus quite soon after infection, hence warning the grower of the problem.
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Moby
Aug 17, 2011 10:12 AM CST
Pure heaven. Oh dear... where is my fainting couch?
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magnolialover
Aug 17, 2011 11:39 AM CST

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The oriental colors are so amazing. I do think there needs to be more yellow in orientals and that lovely raspberry pink. Yellow with pink spots is a must!

What a trip for you pard.
Tracey
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ge1836
Aug 17, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Those are really beauties.
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pixie62560
Aug 24, 2011 10:05 AM CST
Still finding my way around and stumbled across this thread.....so glad I did!! Lovely, lovely lilies!!! Smiling
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 24, 2011 10:38 AM CST

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This reminds me I need to get with the program and get my photos from the field cropped and posted. At least I have gone through and noted the ones I want to post, about 60 total Big Grin .
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Moby
Aug 24, 2011 10:41 AM CST
Only 60? pishhhh...... Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 24, 2011 12:27 PM CST

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Yes, Moby... out of thousands and thousands...
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 24, 2011 9:59 PM CST

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Ok boys and girls, the next installment...

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There weren't very many dark red ones:
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Did someone say they wished for a yellow with pink spots?
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Thought I would include some of the background floral fluff in this one:
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More coming!

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