down the centre aisle
rows of potted lilies
Spring for sale
before daffodils sprout
before tree buds swell
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…”
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