Those Rich, Crazy Asians--the Flower, Not the Movie
OK, an immediate confession...I should have used the phrase "rich, crazy Asiatics"...but then the title would have lost some punch.
The rich, brilliant hue of the orange Asiatic Lily never ceases to amaze me. More importantly, I have never met a more camera-friendly face. From bud-to-winter-freeze, the speckled petals, deep green leaves and beautifully distinct stamen all lend themselves to attractive photos taken from any angle.
Each of these flowers breathes out an exotic persona. Give their size and opulence, they also tend to dominate anything placed near them. For a Victorian or feminine feel to a still life, go simple--maybe pair with baby's breath, a draped string of pearls or a coordinated scarf, a crystal or bright vase.
The robust hardiness of these flowers can also handle a more rugged pairing. I can see them complementing western boots, oil cans, tools or lanterns, old ammunition boxes or weathered wood.
While they are still in their season of growth and bloom, however, capture all the abundant beauty they can generate in their natural setting.
A word of caution if you live in a chipmunk-thriving area...cover your lily buds with a sun-permitting cloth or mesh to prevent the little chippies from eating every bloom that comes up.
In the aftermath of a front-deck chipmunk invasion, I was left with only a single surviving bloom, this year! So sad!
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