Lilies

white lilies 150x150 LiliesLily is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and is widely used in the floral arrangements as cut flower. There is a huge variety found all over the world for lilies in different colors and shapes. Lilies basically belong to the Asia but is now found and cultivated in all parts of the world. Its regal attractiveness, rich bloom and magnificent scent have fascinated the hearts of many, making the lily flower almost as popular as the rose.

Types of Lily Flowers:

Lily flowers are found in numerous colors and each of them brings out a different meaning to the world of human emotions.

white lily 150x150 LiliesWhite Lily:

White lilies are pure flowers symbolizing virginity, as in the Christian history the white lilies are a symbol of Virgin Mary herself. White lily is the most opted flower amongst all of the brides on their wedding.  White lilies symbolize purity, virginity, youth and majesty.

Red Lily:

Red Lily 150x150 LiliesRed lilies are graceful and striking flowers. They arouse feelings of passionate love and desire. Red lilies are special flowers to enjoy on special occasions. Red lilies stand for the best feeling in whole world; nothing else than “love”. Red lilies are a symbol of warmth and desire.

Pink Lily

Pink Lily 150x150 LiliesThe most famous pink lily in the world is the Stargazer lily, because it has the strength to express every feeling you can think of from delight to admiration and compassion.  Pink lilies represent wealth and prosperity, but are considered as a symbol of adolescence and acceptance, as well. The appearance of lilies may guide our thoughts to feelings of hope and aspirations.

Purple Lily

purple lily 150x150 LiliesPurple lilies are a hybrid between regal trumpet lilies and Asiatic Lily; purple lilies are found in a variety called Purple Prince.  Purple lilies are a symbol of royalty. As the lily symbolizes the innocence, beauty and purity so mixing it with the royal color will make it even greater presentation of royalty.

Orange Lily

Orange Lily 150x150 LiliesOrange lilies are used for an extensive range of events like weddings, funerals, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgivings, and birthdays. Orange lilies are also called fire lilies and do not hold a loving meaning. These flowers when gifted to any one deliver the message of hatred or death of recipient. The orange lily does not stand for joy and happiness; it stands for lesser nice feelings and meanings.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily1 150x150 LiliesTiger lily is basically specie of orange and black lily. They are also known as leopard lilies. They are a deep shade of orange, with black spots on the blooms. Tiger lily is often used in bridal bouquets too. Tiger lilies symbolize wealth, pride and prosperity.

Black Lily

Black Lily 150x150 LiliesThe most popular varieties of black lilies are; “Black Spider” Asiatic lily in black and white, black-red “Black Beauty” lily variety and “Black Jack” lily.  Black lilies are mysterious flowers. Black Lily has a charisma in it that has all the strength to captivate the human eye. Black lilies are symbol of death. It is also considered that black lilies are a symbol of lies.

Lilies

casablanca lily 150x150 LiliesLilies are one of the most gorgeous and graceful summer-blooming flowers. Lilies belong to the Lilium genus which contains more than 100 species. Lilies offer a vast variety of sizes, colors and shapes, and are commonly available all across the globe, particularly in the northern hemisphere.
Lilies are thought to be the oldest cultivated ornamental flowers, having existed in gardens 3000 years ago. The lily became the symbol of chastity and virtue with the advance of Christianity. The Easter lily symbolizes Virgin Mary.

Lily and Flower Language:
easter lily 150x150 LiliesLily is symbolically used to express purity and refined beauty. However, different colors and types can convey different meanings. For example, white lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolizes passion, yellow lily symbolizes gaiety, lily of the valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart.

Popularity of Lily:
The imperial beauty and the distinct variety that can symbolize very special expressions make Lily the most popular flowers for gifting purposes. In fact, Lilies are ranked as the fourth most popular flowers in the world, while the second most popular flowers in the UK. Stargazer and Cassablanca lily bouquets and lily bulbs as well as potted lily plants are popular floral gifts.

cala lily 150x150 LiliesWhat are True Lilies?
There are many types of flowers which are considered as “Lilies”. However, many of them, for example day lily, water lily, arum lily actually belong to other flowering plants groups. True Lilies feature fleshy scales without protective outer coating, and they are never dormant.

Varieties in Lily:
Lily offers a vast variety of flowers, amongst which only groups like Asiatics and Orientals are the most popular and widely grown flowers. Asiatic Lilies feature small flowers, a wide array of colors, and light fragrance, while Oriental Lilies offer large flowers with only a few colors having strong valentine calla lily 150x150 Liliesfragrance. Another type is the Longiflorum hybrid Lilies that features large funnel shaped flowers, usually white, having strong sweet scent.

Growing Lilies:
Lilies can be grown from seeds; however they will take a longer time (may be five to six years) to bloom. This is why bulbs are much preferred to grow Lilies. Lilies are usually planted in the garden during fall or spring season. They can also be grown in containers. A cool, porous and well drained soil is essentially required for their good growth. Adding excessive organic matter will improve clay or sandy soils that would be lilies oriental1 150x150 Liliesconsidered as future investment for good bed preparation which will result in the bulbs that will stay in place for several years. During summer, Lilies enjoy direct sun all morning with partial shade during hot afternoon hours.

Plant Care:
Daily watering is not required. However, while watering, be sure to water deeply enough to reach the bulb. During the growing season, add a balanced fertilizer every few weeks, but avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers. Remove seedpods when they appear, and also eliminate stems and foliage when leaves become yellow. Remove mulch during late fall season. Removing fade blossoms is good not only to keep Lilies blooming, but also to prevent plant from consuming its energy in seed production.

Narcissus

narcissus 300x300 Narcissusnarcissus White 300x200 Narcissusnarcissus bouquet 300x200 NarcissusThey are mostly native to the Mediterranean region, but a few species are found through central Asia to China. Formality, sweetness, self admiration, formality, and egotism, are all represented by the Narcissus flower. The Narcissus flower blooms are often grown on damp soil near to a pond. It requires well-drained planting sites with exposure to either A.M., P.M., or entire day direct sunlight and its planting depth varies according to the size of the bulbs. It is also the most popular flower in Germany. Lore connects the daffodil to not only a sign of winter’s end but a lucky emblem of future prosperity.

Narcissus is the name of a genus which includes flower bulbs which are quite easy to grow. The tale of this flower has its roots in the early Greek and roman mythologies, according to them a young lad Narcissus fell in love with his own self when he saw his reflection in a stream and he stared at it until he eventually turned into his namesake flower.

Narcissus flowers are usually white or yellow and are characterized by a stem that bends just before the blossom, so it tilts in such a way that the blossom faces out or down rather than up. According to myth, this is because Narcissus was gazing down when he was transfixed in his own reflection. The stalk is otherwise firm and upright. .

Narcissus is the first flower of spring, these species flower the last of April depending on the species. Their presence also declares that winter is leaving and that spring has returned.

It is also commonly known as daffodil or jonquil. Narcissus species are commonly called daffodils, dwarf daffodils with small cups are sometimes referred to as jonquils. These three were once separate flowers. Interbreeding and hybridizing produced more than 5,000 varieties, placed in 11 main categories. However one feature distinguishes Narcissus from nearly all others which is its crown or corona, it is a frilly topped, cup-like cylinder arising from between the base of the blossom’s stamens.

Facts about Narcissus:

●     Narcissus is known as the10th wedding anniversary flower, a gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness. But they are always presented in bunch.
●     Narcissus is the flower for those born in December and its birth stone is turquoise.
●     The name, Narcissus is derived from the Greek word narke, meaning to numb. Some say that the naming of the flower to its narcotic fragrance because in a closed room its scent can cause headache.
●     Narcissus sap contains sharp crystals that are poisonous, and thus are left alone by the deer as well as mice and other rodents.
●     It keeps you care free as it is a Disease Resistant flower.
●     All the flowers of this species are suitable to ornament the garden as an addition to your spring treats.
●     In Islam the Hadith of Bukhari associates the flower with the upright and righteous man. The symbol has also been likened to the transformation of pride and self-centeredness into the humility of a more individuated and spiritual self.