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Monday, April 23, 2012

Lovely labour of lily love...

On Sunday morning I was invited over to the lovely Anne Boquist's house.
Norene and I walked down the road to see her lovely patch of lilies.
Not just any lilies, but native woodland fawn lilies.
And not just any woodland fawn lilies but
PINK woodland fawn lilies!
I've only ever seen the odd one of these in the woods so
when we got to Anne's....WOW!
...probably thousands of them...
She's been nurturing these babies for 20 years now and rightly should be proud.
Anne keeps the weeds and the bigger shrubs in check along the creek...
The effort has paid off in spades...mind the pun...
It's like a fairy wonderland here and I could have just sat here for ages...
It takes 7 years for these lovelies to flower from seed...
In amongst the glory of the lilies was some Indian hellebore,
 striking in it's broad, textured leaves...
Little pale, purple woodland anemones share the dappled forest...
A friend of Anne's, since passed away, who used to come see the lilies every year,
is remembered by the little angel.
Truly a magical morning...a good way to start Earth Day!
Clean whites on the line...
 magnolias dancing in the breeze...
 Welcoming warm spring sky...
 the frittilaria showing off her checkered hoods...
 I had visited Anne's house for the first time in the fall
so it was such a treat to see it at this time of year...
 Anne and David are getting ready to move out of the big house
 and into this rebuilt 1930's cottage they've been working on for years...
 Such an inspiring place to visit.
Now I must get rested so I can get to work on my garden!
If you want to see tales of my visit last fall, have a look here...

5 comments:

Valerie Brown said...

Thank you for a great post - an opportunity to live vicariously through your lens at the beginning of a west coast spring!

Suz said...

pure magic....like being in the woods up in Door County Wisconsin when the woods are filled with yellow lady slippers....These lillies look like what I know as trout lillies...are they ?
you have some faabulous friends

Ciara said...

Oh what beauties! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely morning, I thoroughly enjoyed my little wander with you! xx

Mary said...

Such bountiful beauty. Makes my heart swell! Thank you so much for sharing this Kerry. A special post indeed.. :)

Cobalt Violet said...

Wow ... 7 years! Such patience but definitely worth the wait. It really does look like a fairyland!