A Bouquet of Lilies

Our neighbor left a bouquet of lilies on our front porch, picked from her beautiful garden. I decided to put them in separate vases on our mantle. Their wonderful smell fills the entire downstairs (I didn’t know lillies could smell like that!). Several of you have asked about that mirror before. I thrifted it, then painted it, for Peter for Christmas the first year we were dating. So…16 years ago. I went a little nuts on the faux finishing (what? it was big then), but we still like it even now. The vases are a mixture of new Jonathan Adlers (the second from the left is an J. Adler toothbrush holder) and ones I’ve picked up thrifting.
Thank you all so much for the lovely comments about the quilt (and about Ian’s birthday) you’ve left me! Brightens my day as much as these flowers.

  • Holly

    August 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    What a great way to arrange the lilies! Very lovely.

  • used forklifts

    August 18, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Oh, These lilies are so lovely. I love the way it is being arranged. Awesome!!!

  • penny

    August 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

    It’s lovely to have them in front of the mirror and get twice the lilies, they look lovely and I’m sure the smell is knock out!!
    I don’t know if you have a cat, but I’m always passing on the fact that lovely as lilies are, the pollen is horribly poisonous for cats. I always take the stamens off as the flowers open, it doesn’t affect them at all, and as the pollen stains clothes badly it makes them safer all round.

  • Jackie

    August 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful lilies, and I am looking for a little sewing machine advice over at my blog, if you have the time I would love to hear what you think. The quilt is absolutely beautiful. I would love to make some, but don’t know if I can teach myself. I love the simple squares and triangles. I have plenty of scraps to get me started. Jackie

  • soupprincess

    August 20, 2009 at 2:08 am

    I believe the strong scent of the lilies is one of the reasons lilies are traditional as funeral flowers…in the days before modern embalming, the bodies would get a little *ahem* ripe, and the scent of lilies made the experience slightly less unpleasant…

  • Yummy Lavender

    August 21, 2009 at 1:18 am

    You sure have nice neighbours! I’m a bit fan of lillies, and your arrangement is very nice!

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