Thursday, September 04, 2008

Thoughts on red lilies

The scientific term for daylily, Hemerocallis, comes from two Greek words meaning "beauty" and "day," because each bloom lasts only one day. As a result, they have many buds.

According to Wikipedia, “the flowers of some species are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine. They are sold in Asian markets as gum jum, golden needles, or yellow flower vegetables. They are used in hot and sour soup, daylily soup, Buddha's delight, and moo shu pork.”

There was a silent movie in 1924 called “The Red Lily” about two young lovers "who go to Paris to try and escape their pasts, until fate separates them,” according to

What I love is the shade of red of these blossoms, and how they glow in the morning light.


Katie said...

Gorgeous lillies! I rarely see them this color; glad you have them there! "The Red Lily" sounds like an interesting movie. I'm hoping to escape my memories of work while I'm in Paris, and I sure hope that fate doesn't intervene to reunite me with those memories until I have to return home!

Ms M said...

I, too, hope the Gods of Work don't intrude on your time in Paris! :-)