Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Within shineth the likeness of gold

"The Lily is an herbe with a white flower; and though the leaves of the floure be white, 
yet within shineth the likeness of gold."
Barthololmeus Anglicus, the thirteenth century

The Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a symbol of hope, beauty, and life.   
These lilies were placed at the foot of the altar in my church on Easter Sunday 2010.  
I later planted them in the garden and this week they are in glorious bloom.

For information on the origin of the Easter Lily and how to grow and care for them, 



9 comments:

Sherri B. said...

I have often wondered how those would do if planted after Easter, now I know, they look great!

Sheila said...

Beautiful! Great idea to plant them - and their blooming the next year is a wonderful reminder of the Easter message.

HolleyGarden said...

Very pretty. I, too, have wondered how these would do planted.

Donna said...

and they have such a heavenly smell...we always bought my mom an Easter lily for Easter...it was one of her favorite things...

PlantPostings said...

Yes, glorious bloom is a great way to describe it! I have a feeling the rabbits in my garden would find them very tasty. They tend to eat the one Stargazer Lily I have planted--I think I need to put a taller cage around it!

debsgarden said...

Beautiful! Easter lilies have simple, but elegant beauty. I like the old world quote - it is a perfect description.

Masha said...

Wonderful pictures, such a pure glowing white. You captured the lily beautifully, it was a treat to see this post.

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

I would sure like to try those too - they look just beautiful!

Alistair said...

Longiflorum has to be well up there as the most beautiful Lily. I have had it in the garden and it flowered very well, but just for two seasons. Your photos are just magnificent.