Thursday, July 10, 2008

just for a day

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The day lilies lined the roadsides all the way down to Gettysburg where we spent a few days over the holiday. They were also waiting for me in the garden when we returned home.

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A hot spell, humid and still, has been replaced by breezy fresh air today. The day lily blooms with the bold oranges and reds, that catch my eye and hold it. I studied them.

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At dawn, a bloom opens to catch the sun, captures it for a day...by nightfall the blossom withers.

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As much as I am tempted to pick and eat them in soup or salads, the fleeting beauty convinces me to let the bloom stay on the stem.

10 comments:

Pat K said...

My lilies haven't bloomed for a couple years. Just shows you what a drought can do.

pacalaga said...

Lilies are good to eat? Who knew? I keep learning about all this food that was never in the BHG red and white cookbook my mom used exclusively when I was a kid.

Judy said...

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance." John Ruskin
Love the red ones! My lillies are also taller this year....most of my flower stalks are 4.5-5 feet tall!

KnitChick said...

Beautiful!! I remember thinning and transplanting lilies at the house I grew up in in NY. We had some of the beautiful orange ones. Thanks for sharing!!

I did a lot of that...trying to make spreading plants fill in...had a whole patch of mint I'd planted underneath the pool deck (where no one wanted to mow grass anyhow!).

judy said...

Thank you for that bit of beauty and thank you too, to Judy for the quote.

elizabeth said...

I love the picture from underneath the lily! The last time I tried a shot like that, we were hiking in the Smokies and I fell over. :o)

Cathy said...

Love it! Will share some duplicates in the fall.

:-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is the hour of the daylily. Amazing how they withstand the heat and humidity and look outstanding. I love that last photo. It looks like a delicious drink.

cindy said...

Can you eat all kinds of lilies???Wow!

Your pictures are beautiful.

cyndy said...

Hemerocallis is the daylily family that is edible...I've been eating them since I was a kid and my mother used to serve them up in salad.

You may also eat the yello "stella"
...they are good cooked up dipped in egg batter...or throw them in a stir fry (pick them in the bud form)

As with any other new food, please remember that certain people may have food allergies..and you should only consume a small amount with caution at first..you don't want to get sick!

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