Always check when you are buying what conditions they like - many prefer neutral to acidic soil but some, like the Madonna lily
, prefer lime.
This week is the perfect time to plant that most regal of flowers, the Madonna Lily
The lily known as the Madonna lily
is the most significant flower symbol for Christians, and it suggested purity and virginity.
In 1999, it replaced the Madonna lily
(Lilium candidum) as the floral emblem of Quebec.
The Madonna lily
, Lilium candidum, appears in Minoan frescoes from about 1600 BC.
There are pictures of the Madonna lily
painted on the walls of ancient Cretan temples.
Puffing the baking of breads in the mornings, chatting to my new ferns, scribbling notes on the edges of envelopes, nibbling the borders of dry biscuits, feeding liquid to my madonna lily
, sipping thick mushy soups, sewing on wandering buttons, exorcising ants from the kitchen and cockroaches from the cupboards, removing dust from old record covers into the red balloon of one day.
Train a hop, honeysuckle, or an Everlasting peavine on an old-fashioned quiggly fence (perhaps the kind the settlers built), and you will also have support for the tall, single-flowered hollyhock and a variety of settler plants we value primarily for their good looks: bellflowers, feverfew, the bright red Jerusalem cross, the soft pink musk mallow (don't be afraid to pair them), the exquisite pearly florentine iris, and--rising here and there--the flower-laden spikes of the white or madonna lily
(Lilium candidum) and the pastel clusters of dame's-rocket, both to perfume the early evening air.