Consider the Lilies

Illustrations of known species accompanied a report in The Gardeners' Chronicle in 1901 on a Lily conference in Chiswick.

Lilium parryh: this species produces yellow flowers
Lilium parryh: this species produces yellow flowers

In July 1901, as the number of Lily species available to British gardeners grew to around 50, a Lily conference was held at Chiswick to discuss the botany of the genus, the new arrivals, their cultivation and healthy maintenance.

In its editorial on the event, The Gardeners’ Chronicle noted of the known species, "all are interesting, and most of them beautiful". It added: "There are but few which the fastidious cultivator would care to eliminate".

Lilium giganteum: this variety will grow to a height of 11 ft and will bear white flowers

Alongside its report, the chronicle published a selection of drawings including one of Lilium x Parkmanni (see below) which was feared to be no longer in existence although regarded as "one of the very finest hybrids".

Lilium x Parkmanni: a hybrid between L. auratum and L. speciosum with crimson and white flowers

While hybrids known in Europe at that time were few in number, the chronicle reported that "the great Californian hybridizer" Luther Burbank had announced in his latest catalogue that he had ten thousand hybrid Lilies produced on his grounds.

Lilium neilgherrense: a species that produces a creamy-yellow flower

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