Classification: Asiatic Hybrid Lily Bulb (USDA Zones 3-10, lows to -40° F.)Stock # 1056 - 'Ocean Breeze' - Asiatic Lily Bulb
We have been watching ‘Ocean Breeze’ since its first single bloom on a tiny 1 foot stem and it is an honor that B & D Lilies be the first to offer this unique Asiatic Lily to the garden world. These outfacing medium pink blossoms are highlighted with a generous “splattering” of deep pink to almost what could be called purple marks. It almost looks as if someone took a paint loaded brush and just flicked it at the flowers. From the same breeding line that produced ‘Tropical Breeze’ and the soon to be introduced ‘Coastal Breeze’, we have seen these topping out at 6 Feet in the breeders garden. Beyond compare, and with no equals, the “Breeze” series is the beginnings of a totally new generation of Asiatics for the garden. In competition, this is sure to be a show winner and has been selected as one of the Garden Clubs of Virginia competition varieties for 2011. Be sure to watch for 'Mountain Breeze' and 'Country Breeze' in the near future. 3 to 4 Feet (normally) but can grow to 6 Feet. June Blooming. No Fragrance.
Bred by Johan Mak, Scio, Oregon. First designated as “Seedling 99-07” meaning it was the 7th seedling selected in 1999, here at last, 11 years later, ‘Ocean Breeze’ is making its garden debut. The result of a cross made in 1996, ‘Ocean Breeze’ is a perfect example of the amount of time it takes to bring a selection to market. With Oriental and OT hybrids you can add an additional one to two years.
I (Bob) am often asked at the spring garden shows we attend, “what is your favorite lily”? My stock response is “selections you won’t see for another 6 to maybe 10 years” which is usually met with a blank stare as they were expecting the name of one of our lilies. I then explain that we are working 10 years out at any given point in time for new varieties, just as we are planting 3 to 4 years out for every catalog. Dianna already has the catalog for fall 2010 roughed out based on field notes from last years bloom and is in the planning stages for the spring 2011 catalog now in December of 2009 as this is being written. I also tell them that everything we grow are "favorites" and that at one time everything we grow and offer were "the favorite" as we only grow what we like.
Example, we are planting now in December and through January the varieties you will see listed in our fall 2013 catalog. Unlike the others, we are growing your bulbs, not just buying them from a broker. With so many others, they call “growing” having a few lilies in their own personal garden. We define “growing” as actual propagation and production of the final product.Bulb Size
- Our standard for bulbs of this lily cultivar ranges from Premium-size" (16/18 cm) to Exhibition-size" (over 20 cm). Click here