One morning I was out walking and noticed these incredible flowering cabbages growing in the parking lot. I love the intense colors and lacy edges. The purple and greens run into each other on the lower leaves and create a beautiful contrast pattern. I am making notes about planting these in the future. I like the Seeds of Change catalog because they sell organic seeds and are good quality.
For Thanksgiving I found some lovely Oriental Pink Lillies at the market. These look so elegant with some pale long stem roses. I went to my backyard to find some greenery to include in the vase. I found some ferns and long leaves from my smaller lillies. The delicate colors work well together and the Lily faces are quite extraordinary.
So here's my Lily care tip:
It's a wee bit controversial in my home. I learned from the flower shop that if you don't want orange dust all over your table cloth or furniture you can pinch off the stamen on the inside of the Lily. The issue is that the contrast color and natural interest of the flower face is diminished. I can tell you that the orange dust can leave stains too. I decided to go ahead with pinching them off this time. And I am quite pleased with my decision. A friend of mine recommends ordering organic cut flowers. I've seen the blooms she ordered and they look beautiful. I haven't had a chance to try them myself yet. I think it's a great idea to always have some fresh flowers inside your home. It's good for the spirit.