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Name: Corey
Chicago (Zone 6a)
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Ispahan
May 3, 2012 12:41 PM CST
Not only my first bloom of the season, but my first ever flowering lily from a bulb I planted myself (in Fall 2011). Never did I imagine I would have blooms so early! Please forgive the blurry image. I was too excited to snap another photo.

It is Lilium pumilum from B&D. They advertise it as "extremely fragrant" but my nose detects no odor...yet. It stands a little over two feet tall Also seen in the background are multiple Lilium regale reaching toward the sky and several Allium 'Globemaster' just starting to open their buds. The latter are already swarming with multiple bees (bumble and honey), syrphid flies and butterflies and they only have a few open flowers in each globe!

At times like this I feel fortunate to live so close to Lake Michigan which has somewhat moderated most of the extreme temperatures this season. I believe the last frost/freeze in my area--northside of Chicago--was probably at the end of February this year. That said, many gardeners outside of urban Chicago were also hammered with multiple freezes throughout April.

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Moby
May 3, 2012 4:09 PM CST
That nice, Corey. Glad to hear some good new that not everyone is struggling with the weather. I was also fortunate in that I didn't get any late freezes, just a few leaf tips were nipped. Everything is going to bloom so early I'm afraid June and July will be awfully boring.
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Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
May 4, 2012 7:26 AM CST
I can understand you excitement when seeing the first lilies bloom. No damage so far with my lilies. Maybe because they were just emerging when all the crazy weather hit?

My Globemasters do not look like many of them survived the last freeze we had here.Oh well, there is next year...I hope.

Julia
Upstate NY
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Name: Corey
Chicago (Zone 6a)
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Ispahan
May 4, 2012 12:22 PM CST
As an update, the oldest blossom does indeed have a fragrance today. It is a light, sweet scent. It is pleasant but certainly not as strong or as memorable as many other lilies.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 5, 2012 7:16 AM CST
I purchased some new ones and kept them in the freezer, and just took them out to plant, so I will have some later ones. Cuttings for the house. Nuance and Pink Brilliant.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 6, 2012 2:40 AM CST
Thank goodness for bulbs,we dont loose the whole plant. I have/had a Keringeshoma ( sp) Yellow Waxbell. It looks like spinach. Its a fall bloomer, maybe there is hope.

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