Hello Lillies

As it happens I have been overwhelmed by the good fortune of many visits from family and friends, but it’s time to get back to my record of the plants and birdlife hereabouts.

Lillies in the rose garden

Lillies in the rose garden

About ten days ago we came home and took an evening tour around the yard.  We discovered these six-foot tall beauties not only via our eyes but by the smell — a strong lovely fragrance on the night air.  Both varieties are charming and I think they are trumpets, but the mango-colored one defies identification by looking at my records.

Mango-colored Lily, probably a trumpet

Mango-colored Lily, probably a trumpet

Trumpet Lily 'Lady Alice'

Trumpet Lily 'Lady Alice'

Two nights later as we were showing these flowers to my brother we were surprised to see a rather large skunk waddle out from the bushes next to the garden.  We almost had another entirely different fragrance to deal with.

It is indeed the time for the Lillies to shine.  The Orientals are starting to come in as well.  There are still a number of them in bud but ‘Muscadet’ has opened up a cluster of full-sized flowers on very compact plants.

Lilium oriental 'Muscadet'

Lilium oriental 'Muscadet'

As is typical of the Orientals the fragrance is wonderful.

In addition to these lillies I should mention the Daylillies which are flowering up a storm as well.  My favorite is a yellow variety that overcomes a very shady location in the garden that divides the front and back yards.

Yellow Daylilly

Yellow Daylilly

It was this variety that I used for making Enlargements as a gift for Beth for Christmas last year.

Detail of yellow daylilly

Detail of Yellow Daylilly

And yet another Lily-like plant, the Alstroemeria, or Peruvian Lily is flowering.  In particular it’s Alstroemeria ‘Laura’ that has shown itself to be reliably hardy in our area.

Alstroemeria 'Laura'

Alstroemeria 'Laura'

The birds continue to come to our trees for morning breakfast.  The surprise visitor last week was an Indigo Bunting.  I’ve only seen one here once before.

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

And almost every morning I see one or another of the Orioles.  A particularly close visitor was this female Orchard Oriole.

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) female

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) female

As I was sitting in the garden the other morning I had a small female hummingbird fly up less that five feet from me and then perch on a plant for minutes.  My large zoom lens that enables me to photograph the birds could not focus that close so I smiled, abandoned technology and  just enjoyed her company.  It was only the next day that I realized that there was a switch on the lens that allows it to take photographs at a closer distance as well.  I smiled for the second time, and realized that I didn’t really mind that much, given that by trying to photograph I would have lost some of the experience as well.

2 comments on “Hello Lillies

  1. Robyn

    Wow! What beautiful flowers and pictures, they’re amazing and I very much appreciate & enjoy them being posted to view. I’d love to know the exact make and model of the camera that was used to take these awesome pictures as I’m looking for a great camera. I’d be tickled pink if the person whom took these pictures could let me know so I could try to locate one.

    1. jw

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures because I enjoy taking them. Most are shot with a Canon Rebel XSi using a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens for flower closeups or a Canon 100mm-400mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens for telephoto. For more general landscapes I now use a Canon 18mm-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens.