Sometimes I think that lilies are really my favorite flower... before tulips? no. not really. But they probably are my favorite summer flower, especially with so many blooming right now.
The most spectacular one, tho, is a "tree lily" that i planted five (or more) years ago. It was a huge bulb - like 6-7 inches tall and 3-4 inches "wide". Since i didn't want to have to dig a hole to China, i put it in the raised bed at the corner of the garden ... and promptly forgot it. [The truth is that i thought it was a gimmick.]
For the first couple of years, it was nothing special - a pretty clear yellow, with a gorgeous fragrance, but there are several more in the garden that are similar.
But two years ago it took off and got taller and taller. This year it is about 6 feet tall and had six separate stalks - each topped with 15 - 25 buds. A heavy rain on Tuesday night knocked two stalks down, so i cut them and brought them into the house.
This is 20 blooms and more than 40 more buds. I know they won't all open, but perhaps half will. The entire house smells wonderful!