Opening today, the first of the Asiatic Lilies. These are in a pot on the patio, and have shot up to over five feet high. Sadly, the rest of the same batch, planted in a border, have struggled to reach one foot tall, and have a solitary flower-bud between three of them! It just goes to show the importance of the right conditions, I suppose.

Just after taking this photo, I removed the stamens – lily pollen is extremely toxic for cats, and this particular bloom is right next to the woodshed roof that several local moggies use as a highway, and for sunbathing on.

Asiatic lily flower

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