I have a weakness for lilies. There's no other flower with such extravagant, exotic-looking, exquisitely formed and sweetly perfumed flowers. Though I have dozens of them in my garden, it's never enough.
I am not alone in my affection for lilies. They're the 4th most popular cut flower in the world, right behind roses, chrysanthemums and tulips. But most people, whether they live in Kalamazoo, Paris or Tokyo, only have eyes for one very particular variety of lily: Stargazer. They ask for them by name and they'll take no substitutes.
How much does Stargazer dominate the lily market? Holland produces more than 10 million Stargazer bulbs every year!
Most lily bulbs -- 98% of them -- are grown for cut flowers. These bulbs are forced in greenhouses and then cut, packed and shipped to market. No lily has ever been better at being a cut flower than Stargazer. Here's why: