I hope you had a lovely weekend. You may remember that last year I featured poinsettias and talked about them being a bit of a Marmite plant? Well, I feel that white Oriental lilies as shown in today’s post, sometimes also fall into this category.
People either tend to adore their intense fragrance or really can’t abide it. I remember when I worked for a florist in London that some businesses who had weekly contract flowers for their reception areas, specifically asked for scented lilies not to be included.
Personally, I really like their fragrance and recently had some in the kitchen, where they acted like a natural room freshener. I also love the fact that they’re long-lasting.
It’s advisable to pull off the stamens when they are still smooth and hard though, before they start to produce any dusty pollen. If not, the pollen can discolour the flower and stain surfaces or clothing if you brush past them. If you do get the pollen on your clothes, it’s best to remove it with sellotape.
Also, be aware that lilies are highly poisonous to cats…
So, how do you feel about highly scented white lilies? Do you love or loathe them?
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)