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Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 18, 2012 9:45 PM CST
What are some of your tallest and most fragrant lilies? Try to keep it to OT's Trumpets, LO's and LA's as that's all I can grow here in zone 10.
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Moby
Jun 18, 2012 11:20 PM CST
Silk Road, Invasion, Oretga, Pink Perfection, Gluhwein ~ off the top of my head.

Scheherazade is quite tall but not fragrant.
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Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 18, 2012 11:59 PM CST
I plan on getting a few bulbs of Silk Road this fall. Do you know where I can get Invasion from? I've been wanting that one for a while now.
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
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gwhizz
Jun 19, 2012 1:53 AM CST
Silk Road- 9ft,.,.,.,.,most fragrant goes to L. Regale Thumbs up
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Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 19, 2012 2:39 AM CST
At 9ft I'm going to have to rethink where I'm going to plant Silk Road. The tallest I've heard of them getting is 7-8ft at the most.
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
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gwhizz
Jun 19, 2012 3:45 AM CST
I forced people to come and view it, so i had a few witnesses Hilarious! [2nd 3rd year is best,..,then it divides and comes back to about 7 ft] I will be interested to see what it does this year..I've won 2 championships with it Thumbs up
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 19, 2012 4:27 AM CST
I have a six foot Golden Stone this year
Alteries are about five and a half feet
Regals go very high and are fragrent
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 19, 2012 6:48 AM CST
Anastia, Miss Libby, Scherezade, Silk Road (my favorite), Caravan, Luminaries.

Another ad for The LIly Garden.

B and D carries Invasion.

http://www.bdlilies.com/l9005.html
Name: Tracey
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Jun 19, 2012 6:55 AM CST

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'Summer Palace' gets really tall too (trumpet from the Lily Garden). Here 'Invasion' doesn't get all that tall, maybe 5 ft.
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Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 19, 2012 11:46 AM CST
I don't think I've seen a 9ft lily before. The tallest I've seen is about 7ft. Lilies seem to grow really fast here, I think it's because it's so warm all year long.

I had seen Invasion on B&D but it's not available right now Sad Is there anywhere else that carries it?

Thank you for all of your suggestions! Big Grin
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 19, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Invasion shouldn't be that hard to find as it's carried by the Dutch wholesalers (Ednie), You can try their retailer, Sunshine Bulbs, but you may have to get a quantity. Maybe go in with someone else.

I think some of the sites are not updated for fall, maybe.
Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 19, 2012 1:04 PM CST
I know B&D has their site updated for fall. I found it on the sunshine bulbs site but I think you do have to order a quantity. I think I'll just wait till fall and see if I can find it elsewhere then.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 19, 2012 6:10 PM CST
Just got an email from Sunshine that their bulbs are on sale. Now, I'm not pushing Sunshine. It's just one of those Dutch places.

312. Pre-cooled Lily Invasion 16-18 cm. 400 3.21 66% 1.08

I don't know if you have to buy 25 or not, but it's probably as cheap as getting 3 elsewhere.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Jun 19, 2012 8:34 PM CST
I bought 25 Menorcas from them four or five years ago; earlier in the season tho. They worked out real good for me. Gave most away in a change over. Of the three I have left, the gopher (picture I posted) was caught in a hole right under them. The only thing I have against late season planting is if the ground is so warm, the bulb grows a plant so fast the stem doesn't have time to develope a good set of stem roots.. And, of course, you're banking on a long, late fall for bulb rebuilding. Not that it can't be done tho--heck--if anybody can do it, we can! And we all have!!
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 19, 2012 8:47 PM CST
Well you wouldn't be out much money, and if you got three out of the 25 to come back, you'd probably be ahead. I often buy lilies like this. Of course you run the chance of getting a misnamed bulb if you don't buy from a grower. But even the growers now seem to sell some of the Dutch bulbs.
Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 19, 2012 9:50 PM CST
Hmm... I should ask around and see if anybody wants bulbs. Even if I wanted to I probably couldn't fit that many bulbs in my small space.

Late planting is fine for me here. We don't get any frost and it's usually warm through till the middle of October. I've had some of my lilies with semi green stems in the middle of November.

On the Sunshine site it says the bulbs are pre-cooled. Would planting in fall be ok for these or would spring be better?
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Jun 20, 2012 4:44 AM CST
No, pre-cooled bulbs means they ready to plant and flower this year. They'll flower late, which is kind of nice sometimes to have a few late lilies. Planting pre-cooled bulbs in the fall is dangerous because they'll start sprouting a stem underground and it will freeze during the winter. They're growing cycle would be off-kilter.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 20, 2012 8:04 AM CST
Yes, they'll need to be planted now, and will bloom this year.

If you do decide to order them I have the email of the sale. Just send me your email address in a tmail. If you order 50.00 worth, I think it's free shipping.
Name: Greg
Buena Park, California (Zone 10b)
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NW15
Jun 21, 2012 12:53 PM CST
I think I'm going to wait. I found it here http://lilyflowerstore.com/CSSHOP/invasion-orienpet-lily.htm... but it's out of stock. I sent them an email asking if they will be offering it for fall. Just waiting on a reply now.
Name: Corey
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Ispahan
Jun 24, 2012 2:33 PM CST
Of the lilies I have experienced so far, these are my favorites for both strength and quality of scent:

Alchemy (OT)
Quintessence (OT)
El Condor (LO)
Triumphator (LO)
Lilium regale
Silk Road (OT)

All these should be quite tall once established. Of those mentioned in other posts above, I still have 'Caravan', 'Anastasia' and 'Miss Libby' that are yet to bloom.

I have 'Invasion' planted in my garden. It is a lovely, eye-catching lily and has a very, very strong scent which is pleasant when carried on a breeze. However, when cut and taken indoors, it is unpleasantly strong and to my nose smells exactly like formaldehyde.

I am disappointed with the scent of the trumpet lilies 'Golden Splendor', 'Pink Perfection' and 'African Queen'. It is very, very faint compared to the glorious scent of Lilium regale, at least to my nose.

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