Day 252: Japanese lily

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Lilies add just that little flavour of the exotic to the garden. They’re not hard to grow (always assuming you can keep the dreaded lily beetle at bay – squish, ewwww...), but at the same time each flowering stem is precious, each flower gorgeously ornate. And none more so than the later flowering Japanese varieties, of which I’ve grown Lilium speciosum var. rubrum 'Uchida’ for the first time this year. The deepest of pinks fading to almost white on the undersides and edges of the wonderfully recurved petals which, with its long stamens, give it something of the air of an intricate sea creature. Strongly scented with typical lily pollen that stains, all parts are highly toxic to cats. 

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.