Lilium L.A.Eyeliner – Very Glamorous!

I invested in some new lilies this year as I wanted something different to the Stargazer Lilies – they were just too pink for me.  I went for two types of lilies that I discovered lurking at the back of a display in one of my local garden centres.  I bought them back in January and was completely sold by the photos on the packaging.  The first lily has put on growth  much quicker than the other and there have been fat buds for the last week all promising wonderful things but would the flowers live up to the photos?

Well I needn’t have worried the flowers are quite delicious and positively glamorous in my view – certainly living up to the  plants name Lilium L.A. Eyeliner.  The Eyeliner bit refers to the dark edging all round each petal which you can just see if you look very carefully.  The edging is picked up by the speckles that radiate out from the bottom of each petal and pick up on the pollen stamens.  All very aesthetically pleasing. It has a certain subtle elegance about it which, in my opinion, knocks those Stargazer Lilies into a cocked hat.

So far no sign of lily beetle but I am being vigilant as I would really like these to go from strength to strength.  And the other lily I hear you asking – well so far very tight and we will just have to wait and see.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. PatioPatch says:

    Absolutely pretty in their understatedness. And I can clearly see where they get their very apt name. Shall look out for those although so will my lily beetles.


  2. fairegarden says:

    I am so happy to see this one, Helen, what a gorgeous lady she is! That subtle liner, very clever name too, puhfect in fact, takes it to star status. She must be mobbed by paparazzi! We have found the LA hybrid lilies to be far more vigorous and earlier blooming than all others here in TN. There just aren’t many to choose from, never seen this one but will certainly look for it.

  3. gardeningasylum says:

    That is a stunning lilium! We all look better with a little eyeliner:)

  4. Tyra says:

    Exquisite! What a beautiful lilium. A lot of my liliums died this last winter unfortunately. I have to plant some new this autumn. Where do a find your lovely Eyeliner?

  5. liz says:

    Hi Helen,

    Well, that Lily is stunning, you’ve got me well and truly sold right now. I’d given up on Lilies, they smell nice but otherwise I’ll stick to them in vases, but these are seriously tempting me to try again!

  6. Victoria says:

    Gorgeous! I’d given up on lilies too, but I’ve got back into them this year, despite the dreaded lily beetle. I think I could be tempted to grow a few of these. They’d look wonderful with dark-leaved heuchera.

  7. Anna says:

    What a beauty although I am not sure about the name. Will definitely be looking out for this one 🙂

  8. Anna says:

    P.S. Is she scented?

  9. Lona says:

    Oh how pretty. I love white lilies anyway but the edging of color makes it just beautiful.

  10. patientgardener says:

    Anna – surprisingly despite deep sniffs from me the lily is not scented. However, this is prob a good thing as there is also a very strongly scented rose just by her and my jasmine is just coming into flower and is also there.

  11. This post reminded me that I had planted the same lily somewhere here. Found it to-day, but it is still in tight bud, although thinking about it … I only planted them a couple of months ago.

    Your lily picture is fantastic Helen

  12. Jean says:

    That is gorgeous! If we didn’t have red lily leaf beetles here, I’d be headed out to look for some of these. Very elegant.

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