The Easter Lily!

As the saying goes…”To gild a lily is to attempt, foolishly, to improve on perfection.”

Easter Day is a time for sunrise and church services, and families gathering to rejoice and celebrate a cherished tradition of life and hope on that glorious day of resurrection. The one floral symbol decorating homes and churches in abundance on that spectacular day is the Easter Lily! The pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers of the Easter Lily symbolize purity, and the fragrance is heavenlybit.ly/1VnGB9z

When buying the Easter Lily for your home, or giving as a gift, look for an average sized plant (not too tall or short) with healthy, green foliage from top to bottom. To extend the bloom time, make sure the buds are in various bloom, from unopened buds, to half-opened, to full bloom.

Easter Lilies prefer bright, indirect light, and cooler temperatures away from drafts, heat, and drying air. Water when the soil feels dry, but don’t over water or let it set in water. Also, remove flowers as they lose their luster.

When all the flowers have bloomed, the plant can be transplanted to the garden, but not until after the danger of frost has passed. In the meantime, keep it watered, remove the dead flowers, but leave the green foliage; it helps to replenish the bulb so you’ll have healthy flowers next summer. The “Easter” Lily (Lilium longiforum) normally blooms in the summer. The plants we buy, have been forced to bloom in greenhouses for the Easter holiday.

Some of us have Easter traditions that usually include Easter parades, egg hunts, baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and decorated eggs, but don’t forget the real meaning of Easter, and to honor that, decorate your home with the Easter Lily!