garden photography: luscious lilies

June is all about ‘the essence of summer’

(This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. )

More scent this week, and a flower that shouts summer to me. Lilies. I have grown lilies in pots for years, though last year something came along and munched all the flowers off my favourite “Orange Pixie“, a dwarf Asiatic variety bred specifically for containers. Sadly Asiatics have no perfume, unlike Oriental Lilies, which are later to bloom than other types, with intoxicatingly fragrant star-shaped flowers that are superb for cutting.  But when you see lilies in bloom you know summer has arrived.

Lily
Asiatic Lily “Orange Pixie”

And of course there are the daylillies (all one word) Hemerocallis , which comes from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day,” referring to the fact that each flower lasts only one day. Missed them last year as I was away from home, but I hope to see them flower well this summer as they are now out of a pot and into the garden.

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Luscious lilies indeed, Jude. I can almost smell them. Aaah! And now here’s my summer offering:
    http://tishfarrell.com/2016/06/19/my-wenlock-summer-garden/

    1. Heyjude says:

      What a delightful cottage garden you have Tish – I love all the purples 🙂

  2. Sue says:

    Truly luscious, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The ones in my garden are getting a bit of a drenching today!

      1. Sue says:

        We’ve avoided the rain, but it’s been seriously blowy!

        1. Sue says:

          Not good….

  3. Candy says:

    Beautiful photos! I don’t have any lilies in the garden because I think the snails will kill them. I have enjoyed the Challenge, and hope you and your readers have liked ‘Just Joey’, and the pink and white paeonies – I may send some pink ‘Michelle Meilland’ roses as well!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Something has eaten several buds from one of my lilies, but thankfully some have survived. I’ll pop over shortly and look at your paeonies – roses very welcome too 🙂

  4. So gorgeous, Jude. I love lilies. The Orange Pixie looks really delicious. 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      Pixie is a lovely colour, shame no scent.

      1. You can’t have everything. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Aw, why not? 😀

  5. A beautiful bevy of lilies of all kinds – wonderful photography!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you, taking a bit of a battering today as the rain comes down…

  6. restlessjo says:

    Hard to focus on your lilies when I’m watching yer man 🙂 Thought Raonic had him for a minute there.
    No lilies out up here yet, except as cut flowers in Aldi. They’re gorgeous though, and I like your cheeky little pixie. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Pixie out in all her glory, but no sign of buds on the day lily. Plenty of raindrops today too! Andy did well, a good match 🙂

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    They have to be fragrant for me, then they are heavenly. I can’t remember if those Himalayan giants have a scent?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Apparently yes they do have a strong scent. Maybe I need to try one, though as they take 5-7 years to produce a flower, life could be too short!

  8. pommepal says:

    Their perfume is so strong. and I love the colours. I’m thinking the scent of summer too Jude https://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/garden-photo-challenge-essence-of-summer/

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, I can almost smell it from here!

  9. Becky B says:

    Wow that first one is stunning and despite today’s rain makes me feel like it is summer 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I always think lilies look even better after the rain, so fresh and the drops just glisten.

  10. Fabulous! The colours are all so rich, but I think my favourite is Orange Pixie.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m very fond of that one too, shame there is no scent though.

      1. I’m not too bothered that there is no scent because I find the scent of some lilies to be almost overpowering. Maybe it is only a certain variety, but sometimes the ones that come in bouquets of flowers are so strong that I have to put them outside!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I agree with the scent indoors, it is overpowering, but outdoors is nice.

        2. I have just bought an orange lily for my garden (a cheap rescued one from a supermarket) so it will be interesting to find out if it has a scent.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Ha! A woman after my own heart! I am always rescuing plants. Still have two chocolate cosmos that I rescued from the market in Ludlow for 50 p each (bought 3 but one died in the first winter). They are not hardy, but have survived three winters outdoors and looking good this year.

  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Here are some pretties that show what summer means to me 🙂
    https://lucidgypsy.com/2016/06/20/june-roses/

  12. joannesisco says:

    Lilies always remind me of my mother – she hated them. Such a strong reaction to such a lovely flower 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      maybe that is because of their association with funerals?

      1. joannesisco says:

        I suspect you’re right.

  13. simoneharch says:

    https://nellanddot.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/the-essence-of-summer/

    Jude, I’ve really enjoyed meandering through your pages! Thank you. The essence of summer made me think about what it is I love. Flowers, easy! Simone

  14. Gayle says:

    Stunning colors – very nice!

  15. tgeriatrix says:

    After weeks of absence, my garden is a jungle. But luckily, we have a park next door: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/the-essence-of-summer/

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