Monday, July 18, 2016

In a Vase on Monday, Lilies!

If I had the space for a cutting garden it would surely be filled with statuesque, fragrant, lilies – but I don't. Instead I am celebrating the gift of a handful of beauties from my friend Heather.

She told me the names of both, but I forgot them as I inhaled their powerful scent.

They're so luxurious (and heavy) I pulled out a collection of low vases to put them in. This Haeger vase was a gift from my sister-in-law years ago, she drew my name for our Christmas gift exchange. Since we have extremely different taste – she finds my love of vintage a little odd, especially when they're thrift shop finds – she decided to spend the allotted amount on a pile of stuff from Value Village, figuring there was probably something in the mix I would like. She was right!

There were a couple of branches on a Lupinus albifrons that I'd decided needed trimming. The simple silver foliage provided a nice contrast to the lilies.

The group went on the patio table. Cloudy skies meant no harsh sun to burn them out quickly, and since my parents were visiting I needed to keep that potent fragrance out of the house – due to my mother's allergies.

I wish you could smell them!

The curvy brown vase is another thrift shop number I've had for years. The creamy white one (above) came from a more dignified antique store.

The dark blooms are full of a thick sticky liquid, you can see a drop here.

For more garden beauty in a vase, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Links to all participants can be found there. Oh and tomorrow I'll be announcing the winners of the Aeonium Challenge and sharing a look at all the entries!

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27 comments:

  1. What a fabulous trio! Lilies are divine.

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    1. Indeed. Do you cut any of yours to bring indoors?

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  2. I can smell them. The small vases make those yellow lilies look even bigger. Nothing like a gift of flowers you don't grow. My Syneilesis is by a path but mine is of pine needles and it makes the plant feel different from yours somehow. Fascinating comparison.

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    1. My Syneilesis is also suffering from lack of water. It hasn't been hot here this July, thus I've been a little less motivated to water...poor plants.

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  3. How thoughtful of Heather to share her beautiful lilies with you! Do you still have the inherited pink lily in your garden that blooms around your birthday?

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    1. I do! You've got an incredible memory Peter, and it just opened today!

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  4. What a wonderful friend to give you those lilies....they are gorgeous! I am starting to see mine fatten up and hope to get a few in a vase soon.

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    1. Fingers crossed for bursting lilies in your garden!

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  5. I have a small cupboard of vases but I'm imagining you have an entire room of them! I love lilies and am kicking myself that I didn't plant some this year - they last only a few years in the ground here but those would be good years. Your beautiful lupine foliage makes a great accent for the strong colors of those gorgeous lilies.

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    1. Actually they're distributed throughout the house (vases) - can't go making it easy for Andrew to count.

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  6. Wow - I wish I had friends like that. Beautiful lilies, thanks for the pictures.

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  7. I especially love the globular green vase - but the SIZE of the white lilies...WOW! Thanks for sharing ps I don't think I would dare count how many vases I have got!

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  8. Huge blooms but still elegant, love them especially the yellow ones!

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    1. I can't picture lilies in your garden...do you guys grow any?

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    2. (meaning I don't remember seeing them there. I can totally picture them!)

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  9. So beautiful and nicely composed. Like Ms. Wis, They evoke such strong sensory memories of the scent that I swear I can smell them. That's especially nice because I don't have to venture outside in the 92 degree sun to smell my own lilies.
    Love your patio and furniture. I'm not certain I've seen a photo from this vantage point before.

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    1. Really? Well I'm glad you finally have...the furniture has a couple of years left in it. It's IKEA, about 7 years old now.

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  10. How I love Lilies, and I can't bear to cut them ! Maybe I should double up !

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  11. I second the vote for a cutting garden! Wonderful vases, Loree. And the lilies -- what's not to love about lilies?

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    1. Right? Well except that sneaky staining pollen.

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  12. They look great on those little vases. I would love to have a cutting garden although I have a hard time cutting flowers as I think they look beautiful in the garden.

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    1. As you've probably figured I do think some our worth cutting to enjoy indoors. Try it!

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  13. I love the idea of your SIL buying you a bunch of stuff, cheap, on the off chance you would like some of it. We had a lily, 'Pretty Woman' at the nursery. A little six-year-old girl spotted it and exclaimed "My God...it's enormous!" She was right.

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