Is there a fire burning in my garden? No, but there’s one in my heart — and it’s name is lily.
Which is also the correct answer to the last week’s photo quiz. Thank you, all, who participated! And now prepare to see a lot of red because there are many more photos where that one came from. Those of you who guessed “watermelon,” “strawberry” and “leopard” were very close. A a matter of fact, this rare variety is called Oriental watermelon-strawberry-leopard lily.
Although it’s not a Tiger lily, inside it lives a Tiger Spider. Who probably would also be sold under a different name. Fortunately, it came free of charge, and I shall continue calling it by its stripes.
I’m enamored with lilies. There’s something majestic about every new flower that opens.
The spider with its stripes and I with my camera weren’t the only ones who couldn’t get enough of it. There was also this metallic green bee, obliviously working a stamen, paying no attention whatsoever to the paparazzi activity.
The metallic green bees, I learned, also have a proper name — Agapostemon. Had I known it at the moment, I probably would have been even more fascinated by the perfect color complementarity of Agapostemon’s emerald to Gran Paradiso’s vermilion!
A few mornings later, another one opened its petals — the bright magenta Toronto Asiatic Lily.
Dizzy Oriental Lily – Bi-Colored Brilliance
Starfighter Oriental Lily
Stargazer Oriental Lily
And finally, the Lily Of Nepal — or Lilium Nepalense — that opened on Sunday morning just before I went back to the city.
Well, now you discovered another one of my obsessions. And if this knowledge, for some reason, doesn’t seem like a sufficient reward for correctly answering the quiz question, please let me know which of these beautiful ladies you would like to claim as your prize. Available formats: print or bulb.