Thursday 27 November 2014


Lilium (members of which are true lilies) is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics. Many other plants have "lily" in their common name but are not related to true lilies.

These colourful, early-blooming Asiatic Lilies are all hybrids of Asiatic species, and they are a vigorous and fast-growing group of plants. Colours range from the softest pastels to fiery reds and oranges. Their straight stems and heavy bud count make them superb cut flowers.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Thursday 13 November 2014


Californian tree poppy, Romneya coulteri, is an excellent specimen plant for a sunny mixed border. Just be aware that this handsome plant is one of the tallest members of the poppy family as well as having the largest flower in the genus!

While the plants can prove tricky to get going as they resent transplanting, once established they will spread readily. The Californian tree poppy requires fertile, well-drained soil, and shelter from strong winds. It can be propagated from root cuttings taken in the winter-early spring months. You'll be rewarded with lots of "fried egg" blooms for many many weeks!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Tuesday 11 November 2014


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.