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Thursday, January 31, 2013

All About Black Lilies

The black lily is definitely a mysterious flower. It has its own special charm and beauty which capture people’s eyes instantly. Its elegance and chicness make the lily one of the five most popular flowers in the world, used for a huge number of various events. The black lily is exquisite and truly exceptional – it is dark, but it exudes warmth. Its impact is instant and long-lasting.

 The origin of the black lily is still not quite exact, which adds to its mystery. The black lily has been traced to various places for more than 3000 years, with its botanical name having a Greek origin – Lilium. The black lily is a pretty flower which can grow in one’s garden if taken proper care of. It needs full sun exposure in order to grow well (up to 8 feet tall). The perfect soil for black lilies is organic, well-drained, acidic and free of lime.  The leaves of the black lily are long, green and pointy. The flower is in bloom between the early days of June until August. After planting the black lilies, water them well. You need to use fertilizer in spring and make sure the flowers receive sufficient amount of direct sun. Plant them about 6 inches apart and 12 inches deep. You can easily mix them with more cheerful flowers, so you don’t end up creating a rather dark and gloomy garden.
There are about eighty species of lilies known to men, which are categorized in terms of shape, colour, bloom, scent and size. Thus, the lily falls in many types: Asiatic, oriental, longiflorum and others. The black lily symbolizes death and that’s why it often adorns funeral services. The colour is not exactly black, but a very dark shade of red or maroon. The black lily also represents lies, so think of the meaning before using the lily in a bouquet. At funerals black lilies are usually put in big baskets, together with pink calla lilies and white lilies which symbolize purity. The black lily is a popular flower for Halloween, because of its somber appeal. It can be mixed with orange flowers in arrangements and floral ornaments. The traditional symbolism of the black lily doesn’t put off some brides, though. The quite daring brides-to-be sometimes use black and white flowers to create a special theme – retro, chic, French classic. When used in a creative and tasteful way, the black lily doesn’t look as morbid. On the contrary, it can provide a great contrast to the traditional white.

If you want to lighten up a bouquet of black lilies, add some yellow or white flowers, such as baby’s breath and calla lilies. A bouquet of black lilies is a very sophisticated choice which has a strong aristocratic attitude.

If you have black lilies as cut flowers at home, keep them in plenty of water and cut their stems regularly. Place them away from heat sources and you will enjoy their beauty for longer than a week. Forget that the black lily is a typical funeral flower, as it really shouldn’t be. After all, all flowers are beautiful and they all bring their own charm. Black lilies can be the perfect flowers for a black-tie event, a business banquet or another formal gathering, without looking gloomy or morbid. It is an unusual choice of flower, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong choice.

This article and photo is contributed by our guest author Angela Harpert, a devoted blogger and a devoted wife who loves to spend her time in making flower decorations. Home being her fortress, she optimizes home spaces and finds new ways to cheer up her family and guests.

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