Spring for sale

down the centre aisle

rows of potted lilies

Spring for sale

before daffodils sprout

before tree buds swell

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I wonder about where plants originate. Easter lily plants are probably grown in greenhouses and gardens across Canada and the United States, but the mass cultivation of their bulbs occurs in a farm region bridging California and Oregon.

“One hundred percent of all Easter lily bulbs used in the United States and Canada are grown on coastal bottom lands in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon. Production of Easter lily bulbs has been controversial because pesticides used to grow the lilies are polluting streams that feed the estuary of the Smith River, California’s healthiest and most important river for salmon and steelhead…”

From Wikipedia article “Lilium longiflorum”

Prior to 1941 the North American supply of lily bulbs was from Japan.

Photo credit: Pixabay.com, tagged “Easter lily”

A response to Haikai Challenge #27 White Lily or Azalea

12 thoughts on “Spring for sale

  1. I once watch a show about how blue Lilies (now none existent, at least as it was then, the narrator said) in ancient Egypt were food for or only used by the royalty. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymphaea_caerulea Maybe the lily in the link was a relative?
    As with any plant you have to know when and how much to use of the properties you seek.

    It is always interesting how the myth of any plants are adapted to the new places they are taken to.

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