Becky from “A life of a 40 something” is posting a flower a day throughout September, in the square format. She’d love you to join her. day 28
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….
(please click to enlarge) Guernsey lilies or Nerine Bowdenii bear beautiful pink blooms on sturdy stems at a time when flowers are scarce. Best planted in clumps for a dramatic late season display, the flowers can be cut for indoors. Also available in colours ranging from white to deep-pink. Nalinki at Angles and Views has…
Lovely Lilies (click on an image to enlarge and scroll through the gallery)
Lilium are bulbous perennials with erect stems bearing whorled or spirally arranged leaves and terminal racemes or umbels of bowl-shaped, trumpet-shaped, funnel-shaped or turk’s cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red. They prefer well-drained soil and a sunny position, but are very hardy and will survive very cold winters. They just hate…
Zantedeschia fall into two main types: hardier outdoor forms, often called arum lilies, with striking white flowers; and the more tender forms, typically with white-spotted leaves and pretty flowers in yellow, orange, pink or dark purple. These are often called calla lilies.
Crinums have big funnel-shaped blooms in clusters of up to 10 flowers festooning flower stalks up to 60cm tall. They have an incredibly sweet scent and a long blooming period.
The common name comes from the style of turban adopted by the Turkish ruler, Sultan Mohammed 1, which was known as a martagon and had a similarly pendulous shape. Hence, too, the alternative alias – Turk’s cap lily.