Lilies are some of the most widely recognized flowers in the world. For centuries, they have held a significance that ranges from the medicinal to the strictly aesthetic. Today, though the white Easter lily is the most common variation that comes to mind, this single blossom flower comes in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes.
Symbolism of Lily Colors
The color of the lily typically dictates its symbolic meaning when a person gifts someone special with the blossom. Traditionally, white lilies, Easter lilies and lilies of the valley have symbolized chastity, innocence and modesty. Various colors of lilies have different meanings. For example, the orange lily often symbolizes passion while the yellow lily symbolizes gaiety.
Growing Lilies Takes Patience and Persistence
Growing lilies presents a bit of a challenge for gardeners. While they do not need to be watered everyday, lilies do require that when they are watered, the water covers their bulb. Growing lilies from bulbs means planting them in the fall in order to ensure a spring crop. Growing lilies from seeds means patience is a must as they take a great deal of time to grow to fruition.
Proper Care of Cut Lilies
Cut lilies make a thoughtful and beautiful gift. Whether it is the birth of a new baby, the celebration of a marriage or simply to profess friendship, affection or more, cut lilies make a stunning and eye-catching centerpiece. Taking good care of cut lilies can allow their beauty to be enjoyed for a longer period of time.
In fact, with the best care, cut lilies can look magnificent for two weeks. Before placing lilies in a vase, remove the leaves on the lowest part of the stem so that none of them are below the water line. Be sure to change the water in the vase at least every few days. Cut flower food can be added to the water to prolong their beauty and longevity. However, it is only necessary to use about half of the recommended amount.