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‘Salmon Surprise’ What a surprise! A beautiful new Lily  Every year I like to attempt a few “way out” crosses. I had long admired the raw vigour of ‘Lankon’. On this occasion I placed some ‘Lankon’ pollen onto ‘Cam Alpha’, a very well-performed Oriental Hybrid with golden bands & fine rose spots.

New OOLA Hybrid

The result was quite amazing. A large, perfumed,Lily with a lovely soft pink ground colour, quite unusual for a Lily that looks like n Oriental Hybrid. It was highlighted with bold salmon-pink bands on each petal and fine pink spots.

‘Salmon Surprise’ has lost none of ‘Lankon’s vigour & multiplies readily. In Lilium terms it’s an OOLA – An Oriental crossed with an LA Hybrid.

The flowers are slightly out-facing, pendants. This means that, unlike many Lilies, they are relatively rain resistant, giving a longer flowering period in the garden.

This Lily was bred & introduced by Neil Jordan & is a Cam Lilies exclusive.

Expect that it will perform like a very vigorous Oriental Hybrid. They flower here in late January.

It should appreciate an open, more acid soil with plenty of organic matter. Plant 200-300 mm deep with good drainage. A good mulch will reduce moisture loss and help protect from harsh summer sun. Will handle full sun but is always better with some shade.

Like all Liliums these are deciduous. Consequently they will die back after flowering and re-emerge in spring, completely refreshed. This means that any damage from the past year is past history. Remove old stems when all the green colour has gone. This allows the energy of each plant to be drawn down into the bulb ready for next season.

For more information on how to grow lilies go to Some Simple Steps to Growing great Lilies on the North-West Tasmanian Lilium Society’s website