Monday, June 8, 2015

First Lilies

The first lilies in my garden bloomed this weekend. The  Stargazer bloomed a little early but that's okay with me.    I'm sure all the rain and cool weather
 has plants confused as to what season it is, but I'm always 
excited to see the first lilies.  

I really think Stargazer lilies are my favorite flower...that is if I HAD to pick just one.   
I'm so glad I can have several favorites because my love of flowers goes back to my earliest memories as a child.

I was blessed to live in Hawaii and completed kindergarten through third grade there.   We were always surrounded by flowers.   I remember making leis out of plumeria  flowers that grew in our front yard.   They smelled wonderful and were easy to thread because of the way the flower petals join leaving a small round hole.

Orchids were easy to thread too and we usually purchased these leis since we didn't have orchids 
growing in our yard. 

I grew up in such floral abundant places like Florida, California, Hawaii and the Philippines.  I have to work a little harder to enjoy flowers here in Oklahoma but I so enjoy being surrounded by blooms in the garden 
and it's always worth the effort.

I had a great -aunt who was the President of the Pensacola Garden Society back in the 1960's.  She was born with a green thumb and had a wonderful greenhouse.  I was always a little afraid of stumbling upon a snake in there but I so enjoyed my childhood visits to her greenhouse!  
She also instilled in me a love of 
flowers and gardening. 

Flowers make me smile and remind me of the 
beautiful places I've been and those I've spent time 
with in the garden.  

We are looking forward to another visit to Butchart Gardens for our anniversary next month.  
I'm counting the days!