Lilies forum: Scent related orientals spicy? Newbie related

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Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Dec 28, 2016 7:47 PM CST
Being my first year with liliums and not having a great deal of past experience with them apart from seeing them in flower bouquets, I bought a bunch of different types just to see what interested me...words on a screen only compare so much with actual experience.

Anyways the mix bag of unnamed orientals have started to flower, whites and pinks, some with slightly raised deep pink what I guess you'd expect from mixed unnamed, they look similar enough to the image used to sell them. So far only 4 of the 10 have flowered so the remaining 6 types may change my perception but that's for later.

The thing that's confusing me though is I've repeatedly read that orientals are a spicy fragrance (although being honest I've read similar about many other types of flowers, like roses, that don't seem to match the fragrance stated)...these aren't to me or anyone else that's smelt them. They are very fragrant easily smelt from several feet away and seemingly stronger in the evening (although that may be due to me mostly being around them first thing in the morning and they haven't gone into full scent production yet...I tend to avoid being out in the middle of the day, very pale, very very high UV). Is it only certain orientals that are spicy or is that description just picking at the most minute detail to distinguish their fragrance from other lilium sections and so seems very exaggerated in reality?
Anyone with oryzalin (aka Surflan, Embargo), am looking for a small amount rather than 5litres from manufacturer (min size in Australia....)

Dec 30, 2016 9:04 AM CST
I think "spicy" is just someones opinion that just keeps getting repeated and perpetuated. They can be very strong, try breathing acres of them in the full heat of summer, or delivering a van full of cut flowers. Some cannot stand the smell in an enclosed house, at least the small of my cut stems which where much larger than the usual 2 or 3 bud stems on the market.
Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Dec 30, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Yes, I can see how the smell could be overpowering in an enclosed space. I mean I dislike camellia's in enclosed spaces and they are (or at least the ones that are commonly grown as garden plants here in Australia) are noticeably less fragrant than the orientals (to me at least).

I was just expecting something very different based on what most descriptions have said, made me hesitant to consider them (I prefer sweeter smelling flowers like roses and iris pallida), so I'm pleasantly surprised.
Anyone with oryzalin (aka Surflan, Embargo), am looking for a small amount rather than 5litres from manufacturer (min size in Australia....)
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Dec 31, 2016 9:43 AM CST


The fragrance of orientals is part of their intrigue. I love the scent. Have been trapped in a car for hours with bouquets and am no worse off Hilarious!

Dec 31, 2016 11:18 AM CST
well there are much worse smelling flowers, that is for sure. Baby's breath is one of the worst to be trapped in a van with, not noticeable in a bouquet but by the 1,000's another story. Jupiter's Beard smells awful too. I admit I am just picky, often this place I am stuck in STINKS. The air is filthy, it can be seen. The dust can build up so much it can short out power lines on the top of poles. I miss the freshly washed PNW air everyday.

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