When the nice folk at Thompson and Morgan invited me to trial a new Lily ‘Pink Romance’ it took mere seconds for me to hit the reply button on my email, as I have never been able to resist the lure of a new plant.
The bulbs had started to grow in the bag and had quite long shoots on them, with root initials forming on the stem just above the bulb, showing the importance of deep planting with lilies.
However with some very careful potting, using the supplied multi purpose compost and pot supplied it was soon time to stand back and wait the 80 – 90 days to flowering.
The resultant flowers a born on short stems, and have the most wonderful fresh yet floral scent, situated by the front door they welcome you home with their perfume, and scent the front of the house making opening the front door a pleasure to be anticipated.
The plants have grown strongly with no incidence of pest or disease and the flowers have bee long lasting and a vivid pink colour.
These oriental lilies are derived from a bedding programme with far eastern species, they prefer a slightly acidic compost but have grown very well in a peat free multi purpose compost that was supplied.
As the flowering period comes to an end I always like to give them a good feed to help produce flowers next year. A Lily grower has recommended 1 capful of neat Tomerite every week. I am a little scared about applying a neat feed, but have two pots, so may try this on one of them.
With the combination of flower colour, perfume and compact nature this could be the perfect patio lily.