Consider The Lily

Returning home from down south yesterday we stopped in at Gore for a while and were drawn in to Gore Gardens to see how they’re doing (lovely). I didn’t even have my cellphone in hand but Nigel had his cell and got a few photos. This is a fine lily that I went over to investigate. It’d escaped its supporting stakes but when I held it up it looked so lovely and also had a fine fragrance.

Lily at Gore Gardens, Southland, New Zealand

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Aren’t the anthers bright with pollen? They’re joined to their filament in the centre so they shiver with the slightest breeze or disturbance, a bit like shivery grass.

I inadvertantly got pollen on my jeans as you can see in the following two photos, sticky stuff that wouldn’t simply shake off. I didn’t realise until we’d got back to the car from the supermarket, I thought I’d somehow got cinnamon on my jeans!

Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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        1. Yes and the perfume is amazing! I walked past our neighbour’s place a few weeks back and they had lovely big lilies blooming in their front yard – I suddenly walked into the drift of the perfume and it was unforgettable in the most wonderful way.


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