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 thoughts on “garden photography: luscious lilies

  1. 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!

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    1. 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 🙂

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  2. 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. 🙂

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      1. 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.

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