Every month has it’s supreme leading lady flower of the garden; June has the Rose, but July has the Lily. Especially now that the “Orienpets” have been created. They were the belle of several beds at the Inniswood Gardens Metro Park, and I would love to have some in my garden next year. “Orania” was the one I was most taken with because of her blonde and blush coloring, but there were others that were just as lovely.
You know, in gardening you sort of run out of superlatives when you see a stand of flowers that overflows with color, form and fragrance. I suppose you can just stand there without words, but that doesn’t work so well when trying to describe an impression of the senses to others. Not even the photos do justice to the way the eye is glutted with such delicious blooms, not to mention soft cotton candy scent- it is that sweet!
I’ve written about other lilies previously, and I really think you could build garden pictures around many of these perennial bulbs with their tall vertical lines, large flowers and delightfully harmonious colors- they manage to combine oranges, purples and pinks equally well. I think it is their subtleties that do it. Softened like ice cream sherberts and sorbets or sparkling with deep and intense hues, they hold your attention in the bright sunshine and colorfully clad neighbors vying with each other in the height of the bloom season.
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