26 March 2011

Lily


I was told there are a thousand varieties of the Lily family. And I have featured the white, yellow, blue, and now another of this variety in blue-violet! All of them are so strikingly beautiful and so rare that when I saw this particular one on several rows just outside the dining room windows of a house protected by a huge fierce looking but gentle rottweiler named Rottie (a friend of my dog Sweepy) I lost all sense of manners and made my way there and took pictures.

. . . as beautiful as a purple stone . . .

. . . as mysterious as the tiger-print lines dotting its insides.

. . . are you as moody and blooms only on whim?

. . . or are as timeless and tireless as the Queen?

In memory of cinema's legend Elizabeth Taylor.
And for Maia of
Macro Flowers who is taking a much-needed break from blogging.

And for Todays Flowers of
Santilli, Denise, Laerte and Sandy Carlson

17 comments:

Viola said...

So very beautiful pictures! :) And very lovely flowers! Didn't Rottie woooof?? But of course, a friend of Sweepy.. :)

I wish you all a happy weekend! :)

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Are you sure this is in the lily family? I might have guessed orchid or even iris. Unusual and beautiful.

Jama said...

I think that's the Trimezia Martinicensis from the family Iridaceae, but they are usually yellow. This is a very unique colour, and so pretty.

My garden haven said...

They look like Batik designs. An inspiration for artists. What a find.
Rosie

Carletta said...

These are beautiful!
They have so many intriguing marks.
A lovely tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. I think I remember reading once purple was one of her favorite colors which makes this even more fitting. She was certainly a legend.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a gorgeous lily, the colors are stunning. It does almost look like an orchid.

January said...

WOW! stunning color! i love it!

TF: Wishbone Flower

Indrani said...

Very pretty, love the colors.

Luna Miranda said...

wow, this is exquisite, Lui. i would never guess this is a lily. i thought it's an orchid. wonderful shots.

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Bernie said...

What a stunning flower. I think it might be an Iris ... it does seem to have the same form. Your photos are simply gorgeous!

guild-rez said...

How beautiful your Iris Lilies are.
Love the colour and picture.
- Cheers.

Chuchie | Chie Wilks said...

very beautiful lily. i never seen this kind.

I hope you could visit my entry

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Have to agree with Sara. Looks like some sort of Iris.

It is an amazing flower with special color.

Carver said...

Fantastic lily variety and wonderful shots of it.

msdewberry said...

These are stunning! I love this colour and shape of the lily. Aren't they amazing in the garden!!

lifeshighway said...

what a spectacular variety of Lily. An amazing color and pattern.

Self Sagacity said...

These flowers are gorgeous. Elizabeth T is one gorgeous woman I have known in my life. I am glad she is at peace now though.