Last fall I planted six lilies in the herb bed right in front of the house. Three Henryi lilies which are gold, and three white Henryi lilies, all from Old House Gardens, one of my favorite bulb suppliers. White Henryi was the first to blossom, dazzling white with its golden throat.
Then this lily bloomed. I’ve got a bit of a prop to hold up the blossom so I could photograph it. It is neither the white or gold Henryi. A natural hybrid? Unlikely. Probably just a mis-labelled bulb, so now I have three varieties of lily in this bed.
Henry’s lily is beautiful with its recurved petals, but it has an extra layer of meaning for me because it is a Chinese wildflower. My husband Henry and I spent two separate years living and working in Beijing; we continue to learn about this important and complex culture. Elizabeth Licata has Henry’s lily growing in her garden, and hers has reached the promised height of 6 feet. I have hopes for next year.