Lily flowering in Spalding for 71st time

Stefan Chybin with his 71-year-old plant. Photo: SG020513-117NG
Stefan Chybin with his 71-year-old plant. Photo: SG020513-117NG
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This bloom has been making its striking appearance in Stefan Chybin’s Spalding garden for an equally impressive time.

The flower – a Fritillaria Imperialis, commonly known as a Crown Imperial Lily because of its crown of leaves that top the hanging blossoms – is flowering for the 71st time.

Stefan (92), of High Street, says the lily was planted by his late first wife, Freda, in 1942 in what was her family home.

Stefan, a Ukrainian, arrived in this country as a prisoner of war in 1948, and did farm work during his working life.

He and Freda married in 1952 and they were able to enjoy the spring display together for many years.

Stefan, pictured, admits to getting into trouble with some careless digging early on! Photo: SG020513-117NG