Wednesday, July 28

White lillies...

I've always loved white lillies. Death flowers, declared my mum. They stink and make me think of funerals.

I think they're beautiful. So simple and delicate yet so intreaguing to look at. My hubby bought me  a white lily plant and potted it in a beautiful stone pot to go in our garden. He bought it for my birthday about 6 years ago. The three stems with a few flowers on has now blossomed into a gorgeous plant with about 20 stems and too many flowers to count.  It always blooms about a week after my birthday. The anticipation of how close to my birthday the first flower will burst open is silly really, yet I check daily from the 17th of July onwards.

White lillies also make me think of my dad. He loved them too. I placed a single white lily on his coffin, no big fussy wreath or gaudy tribute in flowers, a simple white lily was enough from me to him.

I took this photograph todayl Lillies are difficult to photograph. they have such big flower heads and frilly petals and then you've got the stamens and anthers in the middle. So I went in close. I don't think I've done this beautiful flower the justice it deserves.

You can click the image for a full size shot.

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  1. Diney9:51 PM

    It's a beautiful photo, as always, but I detest lilies - I detest the smell and the death connotations, as did my Mum. She always said please don't buy lilies when I die, and you think your Mum is never going to die so you just put it to the back of your mind as a stupid thing to say, but when she did die suddenly I stopped my siblings from buying lilies and ancouraged all to buy spring flowers instead. I'm just the same and shiver if someone buys them for me obviously with great discretion so as not to offend!!!!).

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  3. I love lilies too but i won't have them in the house or garden now as the pollen is poisonous to cats. As a kitten Shea got lily pollen on him and ended up on a drip for 24 hours!! Gorgeous pic!!

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