The lily has been cultivated for centuries. There are more than 100 species of lilies. Lilies are associated with many religious and mystical rites and metaphorical significances.
My September bi-colored lilies in yellow with purple stamens are potent with fragrance and have been sweetly perfuming our home for days as each individual bloom opens and dispels its generous gift.
I have put 9 (nine) stems in the middle of our home. It is said in Western (our simplified version) Feng Shui that 9 yellow lemons, candles, flowers or objects placed in the middle of a room or structure supports good health.
The lily symbolizes the divine feminine and rebirth. The purple 3 (three) pronged piston is gorgeous. In fact, lilies’ petal and sepal layouts are layered in threes or multiples of 3. The number 3 signifies birth, creation and creativity in numerology.The stamens’ dust drops and stains so many florists remove their colored tips but I find them attractive and part of the allure. I often end up with orangey stains on my face from the pollen. Notice the specks on the bottom petal in the last photo.
“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” – Therese of Lissieux