Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lilies, salmon and red

Photo: Carol Tulpar 2012

Lilies are beautiful summer flowers and many of them are fragrant. These black-throated ones bloom around the same time as the clumps of orange and gold tiger lilies.

Wild tiger lilies grew on the little-visited north side of our farmhouse when I was a child in rural Alberta. Every year I watched for them and willingly waded into the tangle of nettles and thistles to examine their unusual curled-back orange petals.

Soon the salmon coloured ones will come into bloom. I will move the pots closer to the door, as these have a gorgeous fragrance, even better than that of the pink Stargazers or the white Casablancas, though both of these varieties are delightfully fragrant too.

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