Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27

This is one of my all time favorite Bible verses, and it is a great reminder that the lily is splendid in its glory, and does not have a worry in the world, for it is taken care of and special in the eyes of its creator.

The lily (known as the Lilium in smarter circles than I inhabit) is a perennial flowering bulb plant that have a very important place in culture and literature. They are native to the northern hemisphere, and true lilies come dressed in a range of colors that include white, pink, orange and purple. Many of the flowers are marked with striking colored spots or sweeping brush strokes.

The lovely lily is symbolic of motherhood and fertility, which is why it makes a wonderful centerpiece in your Mother’s Day bouquet. It also, thanks in part to its stature, is a symbol of royalty.

It also is used to express purity and beauty, as well as passion and rebirth. The latter is partially why the Easter Lily is used during  sermons on the resurrection of Christ.

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This lovely lily was on the grounds of Boc Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, and I took the shot while taking my Mother-in-Law out for a Mother’s Day excursion around the gardens. Not long after this, the gardens were hit with the first of a series of four consecutive hurricanes that demolished all of the vegetation. ©2004 jcleveland



The Greeks and the Romans honored the lily. Some of the first images of lilies were dated to 1580 B.C. in Crete. The lily is so revered that the name is said to have come from the Greek word leiron and was born of the milk of Hera, who was the queen of the gods.

~The story goes that Hercules was not Hera’s son because Zeus had been fooling around with other goddesses. In order for Hercules to become a god, he must be nursed by Hera, so Zeus talked Somnus (the god of sleep) to knock Hera out in order for Hercules to nurse. Out she went, and Hercules was such a great sucker that her milk overflowed and became the milky way, which dripped down upon the earth and created the white lily.~

The lily also represents sexuality and masculine virility.

The lily is a birth flower for the month of May and is found in 30th wedding anniversary bouquets.

Lily colors have different meanings, such as the following:

  • White for the purity and chastity of Mary.
  • Peruvian lilies are the lilies of friendship.
  • White stargazer lilies express sorrow and sympathy.
  • Pink stargazer lilies represent wealth
  • Yellow is for thankfulness
  • Red is for passion

The lily can be boiled for tea to aid digestion and can be used as a topical treatment for burns.

As with all things splendid, they may only appear once, and then are gone forever. That is why, if you see something handmade that you adore or that your mom would adore, you should buy it immediately, or forever lose it.

Here are some very splendid gift ideas from some very talented handmade artists. 

Fresh Water Pearl Silver Mitten Snowman Women's Earrings

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Hand Knit Super Snowflake White Cotton Dish Cloth or Wash Cloth

HollyknitterCreation 

Seashell Earrings

Pretty Gonzo

White Pearl and Silver Angel Wing Multi Strand Necklace

Treasures of Jewels 

Polar Bear Cub Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Blue Morning Expressions 

Schnauzer Wauzer Snap Tab Key Fob

Sew Amazin 

Dried Layers Of Fine Gypsum Sands Framed Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Wedding Bride White Stick Pearl Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

White Lotus Flower Crescent Pendant on Textured Silver-plated Chain

Kats All That 

Wedding Kippah Bridal Hair Comb

Lindab142

Etched White Lampwork Beads Handmade Opaque Matte Glass Round SRA 204e

Covergirl Beads 

Personalized Baby's Guardian Angel Nursery Decor

Kevs Krafts 

Necklaces for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Petrified White Palm Wood Oval Pendant

Dianes Dangles 

Hope that you enjoyed these gorgeous creations. If you do not see what you are looking for, contact any of the above friendly and creative artists, and I am sure that they will be more than happy to make something just for your “mom”.

If you want to see more of their outstanding works, then here are some more links from which to shop:

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And even more!

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What’s in a Name?

The Flowers of the Gods

Kiss the Sun

Enjoy, and share this blog post and all of these handmade items with your friends and family! We handmade artists always appreciate a good share. Smile

Julie

www.bluemorningexpressions.com

9 comments:

  1. Julie, Thanks so much for including our white schnauzer key chain in this week's post!
    Pinned & scheduled tweets for each item and shared the post.

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  2. So enjoyed read your post on lilies, Julie! Thank you for sharing. All of the handmade items are so beautiful - like the lily! Off to promote.

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  3. Lilies, especially daylilies, are an all time favorite flower. As always, fascinating information about lilies. I will never look at the Milky Way the same ever again - LOL! So many beautiful Easter lily white beauties in the blog. Thanks for including my pearl necklace. Will share the blog and each individual items in all the usual places. Thanks, again, Julie.

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  4. Stargazers are my favorite lily. Thank you Julie for such an interesting post and for including my lotus pearl necklace among all the lovely lilies!

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  5. Thanks Julie for the extra blog. Love learning about the lilies.
    I do not have them in my yard,but I love to see them. Thank you for including my white necklace.... Off to share

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  6. Lilies are very pretty plants! Shared on FB and pinned each item here to Pinterest.

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  7. Thanks for this lovely post, Julie! And thanks for including my shell earrings.

    I'm with Catherine on the daylilies - we have some heritage daylilies in the back yard that are older than I am (so that's OLD), and they are marvels.

    The Hercules story is so wonderful, and so is your photo of the daylily at Boc Tower Gardens. Too bad the hurricane did such terrible damage.

    Thanks again, and will be sharing this at the usual places! xoxo

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  8. Another gorgeous collection for Mothers everywhere! Loved the history lesson too. Thanks for including my lampwork beads.

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  9. Thanks so much for all of the saves everyone!! Lilies are my favourite flower! Everyone's gorgeous creations have been saved!

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