Happy Monday Dear Readers!
It’s one of my favorite Mondays as it is the first Monday of the Month
which means it’s Monday Morning Blooms, when I join my most wonderful Bloom friends,
Lidy (FrenchGardenHouse), Mary (Home Is Where The Boat Is), Pam (Everyday Living)
and joining us on the first Mondays of each Month, is our friend, Yvonne (StoneGable).
Their most beautiful images and post links are at the end of this post.
Today our common theme is using one type of flower. One, for the first, number one,
Monday Morning Blooms of the year.
My arrangement is A Mom’s Inspired Bouquet. It is one of her favorite flowers, the Oriental Lily.
Actually my mom’s very favorite flower is the Orchid;
however, I was unsuccessful in finding an Orchid that I could effectively use in an arrangement,
so I came across another one of her favorites, the Oriental Lily.
I went to Whole Foods last week and found these amazing Oriental Lilies,
locally grown from Sara and Micheal’s Farm in Durham, N.C.
They grow and cut lilies year round and harvest 6 days a week….amazing!
I read an article about the farm on the internet and found that this lily farm
is noted for being environmentally conscious . They plant approximately 5400 bulbs a day!!
The soil they use is actually ground coconut husk that comes from Sri Lanka.
The bulbs are from Holland.
I love the opportunity of buying flowers that are locally grown.
I am not too familiar with the different varieties of Oriental Lilies.
So I did some research and found some great images of the lilies. (From the Lily Garden)
The one above I believe to be “Miss Lucy” … beautiful multi-layers of petals.
As it was blooming out in the pitcher in its early stages,
it reminded me of the shape of a bromeliad bloom.
Another “Miss Lucy” bloom.
This lily is the one I most often see…”the Sapporo”
The above lily (the Sorbonne) has such a beautiful shade of pink in the center with white edges.
I think one of my favs has to be this one with the soft pink and white with the multi-layers
of petals … possibly the “Pirouette”
I do encourage you Lily experts out there to let me know if I am coming close to
identifying these varieties of Oriental Lilies.
The most common lily that I have found in the stores are the Asiatic lilies.
They are smaller in size and the colors are brilliant as opposed to the Oriental lilies
that are large and mainly in the shades of pink and white and are more fragrant.
After placing the ironstone pitcher on the dining room table,
I thought the perfect compliment to the pitcher of lilies
were my white reticulated ginger jars.
Rather than using a tablecloth or runner, I framed the jars and pitcher with
seeded eucalyptus, both fresh and dried. I recycled the dried eucalyptus and baby’s breath
from my Christmas mantel garland.
To make certain that I was properly cutting and preparing stems to place in the pitcher
I did some research and found that you should not cut more that one-third of the stem
for longer life of the blooms.
The other side of the arrangement:
Thank you mom for the inspiration today …. I have truly grown fond of these Oriental Lilies.
So much so that I have started researching the proper way and time to plant the bulbs.
Now we come to more inspiration today from my wonderful and talented Bloom friends!
A visit to each Monday Morning Bloomer will truly make your day!!!
The link to their post are below each image.
I wish you all a most beautiful day and hope that you have gained so much inspiration today
that you are planning on creating a beautiful flower arrangement for your very own!
Also, you have seen some peeks of my new antique French Armoire.
I plan to give you a tour of the Dining Room very soon!!