It's lily season here now, and once again I fancy myself as the lily breeder. Pollinating such perennials such as tulips, irises, and lilies is part and parcel Of gardening pleasure. This year,however, I decided to be a bit more methodical, thanks in part to the versatility of the digital camera to furnish images which are easily stored in either the computer or on disk along with journal entries.
Pollinating lily "Citronella"from the white Martagon is shown here. The martagon has finished blooming ,so I saved a few,about half-dozen or so, anthers in a safe place (a Zip disk plastic jewel case) until today.
With tweezers, I took a martagon anther and---
Dusted the stigma (circled)of the lily "Citronella" with pollen.
Depending on how successful this effort will be, I hope to have an illustrated
Log on the development of the consequent seedlings.
I intend to do the same with the tiger lily L. lancifolia, again using martagon pollen.
These three varieties are favorites of mine. The tiger is a couple of weeks away,however.