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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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04 June 2013

Today is for the Calla Lily

 Today I picked a bouquet

Calla Lily, not really a lily, but a herbaceous plant that blooms May and June. I always identified these growing up with Confirmation Day at church. My mom had a 30ft bed of these and she always provided a bevy of bouquets for the church on that special day for the lot of 8th graders being confirmed as adult members of the Lutheran Church. I learned in later years that these were a lovely formal flower used in weddings too.

I never have had much luck growing them and have often got new starts from mom, never giving up trying to get them as pretty as she grew them. Well, finally this year, for reasons unknown, mine are quite spectacular. Maybe it was that thick layer of organic compost in the fall and again in the spring.

I did a little research on the meaning of Calla Lily. I found this interesting legend

Legend behind calla lily
Calla lily meaning has been related to Greek goddess Hera. The word calla means beautiful. The legend goes like this. Zeus, the roman god had fathered Hercules with earthly women. When Hercules was born, Zeus wanted Hercules to have divine powers. He drugged Hera and let the little Hercules nurse from her. As Hera came back to her senses, she was furious and pushed the baby aside. During this act, the milk way was formed and as the few drops of milk fell on the earth they became lilies. Seeing the beautiful lilies, Venus felt that her beauty is being challenged. She began cursing the flower and soon a heavy pistil came out of the centre of the beautiful cup shaped flower. Callas lilies are associated with Mother Mary, and it symbolises her purity and virginity. Again it is seen on Easter and it herald resurrection. It also is related to the holy cross and Christ’s passions while on it.  During the Victorian Era, puritans imposed restrictions on the use of impure words and since then flowers are used to transfer feelings of the heart. Different flowers have different meaning and the Calla lily meaning is both rebirth and union.

Usually Calla lily can be in a bouquet all by itself, but I like lots of color! My bouquets are gardener cut and stuff, I am not a florist by any means! I added a few Columbine flowers, they are almost done blooming, a pretty foxglove, and a bit of varigated ivy.

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krishna said...

very very beautiful post.. so informative... thanks you for posting it..


Shirley said...

Hi Debbi, Your flowers are beautiful and I love looking at your garden. I can almost smell the flowers through my computer. We had a warm day in the lower 70's with the sun being in and out. We might get a little rain during the night. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

sweet violets said...

I love your bit of history!!! The flowers are beautiful, what a great garden you have!!!

Deborah Darling said...

lots of love and thanks, from a fellow maker and nester in the uk xxx

From The Heart said...

Beautiful! Cala Lilies are my daughter's favorite flower.

Lavender Cottage said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment.
I've not had a lot of luck myself growing calla lilies and just this morning I was tempted to buy a small pot of the lavender/pink ones from the grocery store.
Thanks for sharing the folklore of this pretty flower and your bouquet looks sweet.

Jemma said...

I have never tried growing calla lilies and I don't know how well they would do with the heat. I do know how lovely they are and that your Mom must have had a true green thumb!They are such a beauty of a plant. Thank you for sharing their legend too!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful post filled with such lovely blooms!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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