While walking around my garden the other day I noticed something strange.
My asiatic lilies, which I planted last year in a random pattern of red, orange, and yellow, this year are all clumped together by color. First yellow, then all orange, then all red.
A few years ago the woman who runs the coffee shop in my work building told me (out of the blue, we had not been talking about lilies – but perhaps that is a mystery for another day) that lilies will cross-pollinate and all turn orange if you mix them. But that doesn’t seem to be happening here, as there are equal amounts of each color.
Googling “cross-pollinate lilies orange” doesn’t turn up anything either although it seems that there are some folks experiencing this phenomenon over at gardenweb.
I know plants can do amazing things but… uprooting and re-organizing by color seems beyond the abilities of even the most clever plants.