a tale of two lilies, part 2

The conclusion of the story of two stargazer lily plants that should, would, could – and finally did! A lighthearted look at a small corner of my mother’s garden.

Starring: two stargazer lily plants as themselves
Featuring: a special guest star appearance by my mother. Thanks Mutti!

Disclaimer: Many apologies and a heartfelt appreciation for Charles Dickens’ 1859 novel of a similar name. Any similarity between the two works is unintentional and virtually coincidental.
 

By the last day of July, the lilies were putting on quite a show.

July 31 :: putting on quite a show

July 31 :: putting on quite a show

There was nothing subtle about this display.

in full bloom

in full bloom

Better late than never - see how they shine!

See how they shine!

And so, many weeks past the anticipated time, it was definitely a case of “better late than never”. It was quite a thrill to see such beautiful stargazer lilies at last.

And they bloomed, rain or shine. Even when there were some summer showers, as if they were smiling through tears, the lilies continue to bloom undeterred.

rainy day lilies

rainy day lilies

And as the lilies are blooming, they are being enjoyed by all who see them.

the joy of lilies in the garden

my mom, enjoying the lilies in her garden

It is definitely the season of lilies.

garden jewels

garden jewels

beautiful star

beautiful star

This has just been the beginning. There are many more buds awaiting their turn to bloom.

The Promise of Blossoms yet to come

The Promise of Blossoms yet to come

And so, although it was not the worst of times, it was initially not the best of times either. But against all odds, the lilies are finally blooming – a genuine summer treasure!

And thus goes the tale of two lilies.

And thus went the tale of two lilies.


 

~~ THE ~ END ~~

 

Epilogue
Every once in a while, it is nice to have an Epilogue. When all is as it should be, only more so. And so it is here with the tale of two lilies. A newcomer has arrived in the garden, and the family is growing, LOL!

And Baby makes three!

And Baby makes three!

On the second weekend August, I bought another lily plant which is only a fraction of the size of the two stargazers, making it appear like a baby! Small though it is, the blossoms are bright yellow and cheerful, with the promise of a number of new buds yet to open.

parting shot

parting shot

Parting Shot
No, this is NOT a future announcement for an upcoming sequel, “Tale of 3 Lilies”, LOL! It’s not in the works. This really is ….. The End.
 

◆ originally published in 2008 ◆

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a tale of two lilies

The story of two stargazer lily plants that should, would, could – and finally did! A lighthearted look at a small corner of my mother’s garden.

Starring: two stargazer lily plants as themselves
Featuring: a special guest star appearance by my mother in part 2. Thanks Mutti!

Disclaimer: Many apologies and a heartfelt appreciation for Charles Dickens’ 1859 novel of a similar name. Any similarity between the two works is unintentional and virtually coincidental.

two garden bloomers

two garden bloomers

It was not the worst of times, by any means!

It is well into July, and all is green.

It is well into July, and all is green.

It was just not the best of times for the lilies in the back yard.

All is very, very green

All is very, very green

Spring had been cool, and there had been quite a bit of rain. Summer has arrived, although the corresponding weather is dragging its heels. Well into July, the lilies are only just showing some very tightly closed buds. The cool temperatures prevail, and it is not until July 26th that the first bud is finally opening at last.

July 26th - the start of a grand opening

July 26th – the start of a grand opening

Other buds, very plump and no longer just green in appearance, also seem ripe with the promise of the flowers yet to be.

Grand Opening Soon!

Grand Opening Soon!

But then, there is a transformation.

Transformation :: Officially Opened! The date: July 30

Officially Opened! The date: July 30

Although still rather tentative in appearance, the first bud can now be officially called a blossom. The date – July 30th!

Looking very promising!

Looking very promising!

It is looking very promising indeed. July 30th has proven to be a milestone day in the life of the two lilies.
 

◆ originally published in 2008 ◆

(to be continued)
 

summer :: simply pulchritudinous

Despite last week’s post, it is still officially summer. So here’s a salute to some favourite summer moments from a couple of years ago.

Disclaimer :: I cannot imagine summer without flowers. So this post contains a number of flower images. 🙂

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collage above: some moments at Steveston Village, Richmond BC

 

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Slideshow images are from Burnaby, Vancouver, Steveston Village (Richmond) and Fraser River Estuary. All captured in the summer of 2011

◆ previously published August 1, 2011 ◆

lupines and more lupines

As posted elsewhere, I recently travelled to Germany for the purpose of celebrating a 75th birthday. Quite a milestone. My camera was with me on my travels, of course.

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A favourite travel destination in Germany has always been the beautiful Black Forest. And this year was no different. Off we went.

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Many of the roadways afford incredible views of the Black Forest.

black forest vista

On a very clear day it is sometimes possible to see the Swiss Alps in the distance. Although I have enjoyed such glorious vistas on previous trips, those majestic snow-covered peaks were rather shy this time, and kept themselves hidden.

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One day an unexpected road closure caused two of my friends to take an alternate route, one which did not show off those faraway peaks either, however it led them past literally thousands of wild lupines in their prime.

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Although they have been at home in the Black Forest for more than 30 years, they had never happened to travel this route before while the lupines were on display.

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And on display they were, in various shades of purple and white.

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They enjoyed this unexpected scenic drive so much, that it prompted the decision to go on a leisurely drive later that day, with five of us enjoying the view of countless blossoms lining the roadways.

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The weather changed throughout the afternoon. At times the skies were overcast, and there were also moments of sunshine.

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A breeze was blowing, and occasionally there were some strong gusts of wind, causing the usually upright blossoms to dance and sway.

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Photos do not really do them justice, but it was a delightful challenge to try to capture the utter extravagance of this incredible springtime display that greeted us mile after mile.

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It was spring in all her glory, and sheer eye candy. An incredible gift, pure and simple. Another one of those moments hard to put into words.

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All I can say is that it was definitely one of the highlights of this trip.

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all images captured June 23, 2013
Header image courtesy of BR & used with permission. Many thanks!

a quest for tulips, part 2

We continue on towards La Conner, WA, and come upon field after field – of bare soil.

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09a another field

Almost every tulip has been harvested, and the farmers are preparing for the next crop.

10 yet another field

The brochures had all spoken of the month of April. May 4th is simply too late for the viewing of those splendid fields of tulips.

However, the weather is lovely, and we spend some time in La Conner instead, nestled along the banks of the Swinomish Channel. One of the first things we see after we get out of the car is a tulip in a local garden.

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In fact, now that our official quest for tulips has ended, we begin to see more and more of them.

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La Conner is a quaint place, with many unique shops and lots of viewpoints from which to see the water.

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We enter some shops, and at others we simply do some window shopping. One gift store has a print for sale of the tulip fields in their prime.

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A tribute to a former tree has its place in the heart of downtown. The story behind the tree is nowhere to be seen, however the rings on this cross-section of the trunk indicate that it must have been 1,000 years old or more when it was felled.

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More tulips beckon us from behind a window pane of frosted glass. Before I have a chance to notice them, one of my friends points them out, indicating that they would make an interesting photo. I agree, and snap away. Thanks for the suggestion, D!

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A trip to La Conner is not complete without a view of the famous tulip fields, or an ice cream cone. Since we had missed out on the tulips, we stop for some of the latter. A bench near the water beckons us, and we sit and enjoy the sunshine, the view, one another’s company and our ice cream treats.

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Suddenly we notice a gathering of boats of all sizes a short distance up the Swinomish Channel.

18 the official opening of LaConner's boating season

It turns out to be the day of the official opening of the summer boating season. And we are here, and right on time!
 

(to be continued)