Lily

Lilie
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The Lily, Latin name Lilium, belongs to the Liliaceae plant family. This family has more than 100 varieties and is still being developed: there are new varieties with or without pollen, longer vase life and delicate perfumes. What hasn’t changed is that the flower is full of symbolic meaning and is therefore suitable for many occasions.

Colours and shapes of the lily

Anything is possible with the lily regarding colour, shape and size. They are available in white, red, yellow, purple and orange, with stripes or spots. The trumpet, bowl or star shaped flowers can have a diameter of 7 to 25 centimetres. Many lilies nowadays have no perfume and double lilies don’t have stamen anymore, so you won’t get pollen stains. In addition, growing lilies in the Netherlands is environmentally friendly; growers purify and recycle their water and use responsible crop protection products and fertilizers.

Care tips for the consumer

- cut the bottom of the stems off diagonally with a sharp knife
- remove the leaves which will be under water
- place the stems in water with cut flower food. Use the right dose!
- don’t place the vase in full sun, in a draught or next to the fruit bowl
- bollen stain? Remove it with a piece of sticky tape.

Inspiration for a lily bouquet

Lilies are naturally lovely in a mono bouquet, but you could also try a combination with alstroemeria, lisianthus and the spray rose. In the group bouquet on the photo the lily has been combined with limonium and alstroemeria. There is a mixed technique used, whereby the first section is bound parallel, the lilies first and then lisianthus and limonium, and placed in the vase. The alstroemerias are then added loose. The advantage of this technique is that the flowers stay in position and the bouquet with the last flowers is set tight in the vase.

Symbolism of the lily

The lily is a flower full of symbolism and always carries a special message. The most important symbolic meanings are:
- femininity: in Greek and Roman times brides were given a crown of lilies, in the hope for a pure and fertile life
- love: in the strict Victorian times, people knew when they received a sweet smelling lily that: ‘this is my lover’
- purity: white lilies were often used at weddings as a sign of virginity and purity
- transcience: the serene and pure appearance of the lily expresses emotion in times of loss and grieving