lilies, the lovely perennials, are native only to the northern hemisphere, and are not tropical.
lilies require a long cool resting season, like our midwestern climate.
the highlights of this show, the quality being slightly down this year because of the rain, were the lovely delicate shades of the ofter colors.
those show up best on film.
here are a few hurried digital shots of the more vibrant entries, taken just before closing time yesterday afternoon.
when the film rolls come back, we'll look at them.
larry diehl of north olmstead, president of the national organization, was very informative and helpful.
the contest entrants braved the vagaries of the weather, hail, rain, heat, the timing of the show, cutting, and transportation, among other things on their journey to contest entry.
there is, of course, the precious few hours of each blossom, stalk, and leaves, worth so much more than the effort, sacrifice, and love.
thanks to all of the splendid contest participants.
they are just a little closer to beauty than me, and possibly, you.
a flower is a lovesome thing