The lilies (Gr. krinia) spoken of in the New Testament (Matt. 6:28; Luke 12:27) were probably the scarlet martagon (Lilium Chalcedonicum) or “red Turk’s-cap lily”, which “comes into flower at the season of the year when the Lord’s sermon on the mount is supposed to have been delivered. It is abundant in the district of Galilee; and its fine scarlet flowers render it a very conspicuous and showy object, which would naturally attract the attention of the hearers” (Balfour’s Plants of the Bible).
Its the end of June and the hot colours are starting to appear in the garden for the summer months. The vivid reds and oranges from the lilies are really starting to demand attention as they proudly stand above their long pointed leaves.
I love growing lilies as each year the clumps get bigger and bigger and they reward us gardeners with an increasing amount of blooms.
Feel the heat from these red ones too! Names of both lilies are not remembered other than they were in Dutch.
The orange Asiatic ones should be open in the next few days.
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Down at the bottom of the garden its now starting to get quite shady due to the overhanging branches of a birch tree in my neighbours garden. One shrub really stands out from the crowd just now in that corner. When I stand at my kitchen window my eyes are always drawn to it – the stems just glow like the glowing embers from a campfire.
The shrub is Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea Rose Glow or Japanese Bayberry. I never even noticed until I was preparing this article that it even has the word glow in its name.
This shrub never gives me any trouble. Its leaves become a darker burgundy as the seasons progress and then come autumn its leaves really do glow red. Once they have fallen little red berries appear during the winter months and come late spring it has pretty little flowers. Its leaves have pink markings too though when I was younger I was never allowed to wear pink and red colours together as I was told the colours clashed – but it seems to work fine in nature………. loud maybe!
Well as you’ve been reading you’ve probably all realised that I’m writing for Noel’s Hot Loud and Proud Meme for this month and you’re all wondering what the hot will be. It literally is quite fiery especially when you hear it!
Its something different this month though the photograph could have been so much better. I need to wash the outside of my kitchen window more often! I didn’t get outside in time to get it on camera though I hope there will be more occasions this summer for this “hot” item to float over my garden. Its an………….
UltraMagic 250 hot air balloon. It takes 250,000cubic ft of air to fill it, and it can carry 12 people in the basket. The pilot is called Andre van Wyk with more than 30 years experience in flying. He has flown many famous people in his hot air balloon and has soared over 39 countries.