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The Power of a Lily

"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other." Chinese Proverb

Lovely Lilies: I would not want to do event designs or wedding creations without them in my bag of "floral tricks". Large blooms that come in many colors, some fragrant and others not. People often confuse Asiatic Lilies with Oriental Hybrids and so below is a bit of an explanation regarding what makes them different!

Asiatic Hybrids: The Asiatic hybrids are among the earliest to bloom, and also the easiest of lilies to grow! They have the broadest color range of any division, including whites, pinks, plums, yellows, oranges, and reds. Their flowers can be up facing, outfacing, or pendant, and generally are not scented. This variety general has a low cost than Hybrid lilies! They are also easy to use in hand tied bouquets and smaller sized centerpieces. Floating in a bloom or two in a small bowl makes an easy, elegant floral centerpiece.

Oriental Hybrids: Lilies of this exotic group are not among the easiest to grow! These lilies have huge flowers with wonderful fragrance… in shades of white, pink, salmon, and crimson. These large blooms are ideal for larger arrangements such as those that grace an altar of a church or decorate a large fireplace mantle. Large overhead floral centerpieces also benefit from these lush, full blooms!

The next time you are thinking about what flowers to use in your wedding give the elegant lily a try. Looking for something special to send for an anniversary? Why not send a vase of giant Stargazer or Cascablaca lilies? Want to express your sympathy without sending something that looks like a funeral display from years ago? A tall, clear glass cylinder accented with river stones and filled with curly willow branches and elegant Yelloween lilies make a lasting impression.

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