“Consider the lilies how they grow: They toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say on to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Webster Bible Translation)
I spent half my life living in the North and Prairies of Saskatchewan. Exotic, sweetly perfumed lilies were delivered by the florist in long green boxes. Layers of tissue paper protected their fragile petals. They were special occasion flowers. Very expensive and to me something rare and wonderful.
Then I moved to the West Coast of Canada. I was in garden heaven. Flowers bloomed most of the year. But best of all I discovered that I could actually grow these gorgeous lilies. When we moved on to The Farm the very first flowers I planted were Stargazer lilies and Casablanca lilies. One dozen of each. Later my lily bed had to make way for construction so I carefully dug up the precious bulbs and planted them in pots.
My outrageously beautiful lilies continue to flower and bring such joy to my heart. They sit regally on the patio. Surrounding me with their heady perfume. And the very best part – when they begin to bloom I move them close to the open windows. Their heady fragrance fills my home. It is especially strong in the early morning. I take my cafe au lait and stand by the window and tell my lilies how much I appreciate them.