Our classifications and dates included in descriptions have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society Registry of Lilies. All spellings have been taken from this official registry as well, therefore you may find discrepancies between our listings and someone else's. Rest assured ours is correct, as per the Official RHS Registry publications in print (no unofficial sources are used or referenced, be they online or off). Descriptions are taken in part from the registry, and we've added our own observations as well where possible.
In our Canadian Lily Breeder pages, the listing generally follows this format:
Lily name - year bred where known, followed by (year registered and by whom - if not the breeder it appears in brackets like this). If this appears in the description as well, it means that breeder shared breeding credit with the person named within the . Description follows with [classification]. If NR is in the description this means it has never been officially registered, or registration of that name was rejected for whatever reason. Any question marks appearing means I am questioning the data in some way, and have yet to confirm it.
Example: Alice Moger - (1994 B. Strohman) Pale yellow-green grows deeper colored in center of each petal. White throat, with a halo of brown spots around center of flower. Heavy substance in the petals. Grows 2 feet tall, blooms July. [Ib]
This example is taken from the Fellner page and tells us the lily Alice Moger was registered in 1994 by Barrie Strohman (but bred by Fred Fellner) and is a sidefacing asiatic.
Often times breeders give their seedlings away or sell them - they are such a generous lot, (as are most gardeners), and that person may register the lily if the breeder does not, but must still give credit to the breeder for the hybrid. Most often a lily is bred and raised years before it is actually registered, in order for it to prove its worthiness as a good garden lily. I feel knowing how many years a lily has been around is important information in choosing garden lilies, as it displays their longevity.
Here is another example:
I are Asiatics
II are Martagons
VI are Trumpets
VII are Orientals
VIII are Inter-divisional - includes Orienpets, Longipets, Asiapets, LA hybrids, etc.
IX are Species
BLOOM ORIENTATION CLASSES
Flowers have different bloom orientations and are divided into 3 classes: a, b, or c.
a = upfacing blooms
b = sidefacing blooms
c = downfacing blooms
Classes are indicated in brackets in our descriptions for each lily. Example: [Ia] means this is an upfacing asiatic. Sometimes the bloom orientation is not included, as we haven't seen it, can't remember what it is, or it wasn't included in the RHS Registry.
On the right, top of page (or below if on mobile) is a list with links to the corresponding page assigned to each Canadian breeder we have recorded to date from the RHS Registry. This is a work in progress, constantly in need of updating as registration continues year after year.