|Cocktail Twins (Asiatic)|
|Catalog photo - most representative of the flower.|
One of the problems of breeding such Multi-petaled Flowers is that most are sterile - they do not produce pollen to use on another double flower - and the breeding records from hybridizers are always closely held trade secrets.
See the three different photos of 'Miss Lucy'?
|'Miss Lucy' in a cool summer.|
|Hybridizer's promotion photograph|
In a cool summer, it seems that more "green" shows in the center of the petal and in a "warm" summer the green coloration becomes bleached by the sun before even opening and is either not seen at all or is a very light shade.
The image to the right is a "promotion" photograph, probably grown under precise conditions in a greenhouse, then shot in a studio, showing perfect petals.
Lilium pumilum, the flower on the left is normal, the one on the right side has extra petals. This is simply weather-related, not any type of mutation that will come back year after year. The bulbs were left over from last fall and not "discovered" until we were cleaning out the big cooler in preparation for turning off the cooling for the summer, so they were planted very late (late June) and immediately started growing through a short period of warm weather (2 weeks), then back to rain, cold, hail etc. Some of the stems did not even bloom, because they were planted too late to grow properly, the reason why we advise against planting lily bulbs after Mid May if it can be avoided. L. pumilum is not available for sale this fall, but should be back for Spring or Fall 2013 planting, along with more Doubles from the Oriental and Asiatic lines. A couple other cultivars available for planting this fall are shown below.
|'Little Yellow Kiss'|
|'Double Strawberry Vanilla'|