that the most beautiful things
in the world are
the most useless;

peacocks and lilies
for instance.

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

The genus Lilium are herbaceous flowering plants normally growing from bulbs, comprising a genus of about 110 species in the lily family, Liliaceae. They are important as large showy flowering garden plants, and in literature. Some of the bulbs have been consumed by people. The species in this genus are the true lilies, while other plants with lily in the common name are related to other groups of plants.

Some facts about Lilies:

  • Lilies are one of the most beautiful, and graceful of all summer-blooming flowers.
  • Lilies belong to the Lilium genus consisting of less than 100 known species, occurring in all parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Lilies are believed to have been under cultivation longer than any other ornamental flower, having existed in gardens 3,000 years ago.
  • Floral designs, particularly of Lilies, made their appearance and became very popular in the 18th dynasty of Egypt.

Raindrops falling down the petals
All Photos: Riihele. © All rights reserved.

The oil extracted from lilies has healing and softening properties. Especially, when the lily fragrance oil is mixed with that of Calendula aka Pot Marigold works wonderful for very sensitive skin. One can use this oil for massage, in a bath, after a bath, for babies, dry cuticles, and elbows, as a facial moisturizer, under-eye oil and hot-oil treatment.

Some of the lilies are edible even such as Lilium bulbiferous ’Orange lily’ — its bulbs are edible tasting sweet and mealy; these lilies make very fair eating and can be used as a substitute to potato!! Other lilies have medicinal properties such as Lilium candidum ’Madonna lily’ — its bulb is employed for medicinal purposes, having highly demulcent and also astringent properties.

Lilium henryi ’Henry’s lily’ or as it is also known Tiger lily relieve congestion, and the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and also, Lilium japonicum ’Krameri’ is nourishing and useful in diseases of the chest. Lilium martagon ’Martagon lily’ or as it is also called, ’Turk’s cap lily’ their bulb has diuretic, emmenagogue, emollient and expectorant properties. They are used to relieve heart diseases, pain in the cardiac region and angina pectoris.

Raindrops falling down the petals
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae
Genus Lilium

Fun Flower Quizz in ere for ye.

Lilies on the menu today, for the weather is only miserable over here in Finland these past few days, being more autumn-like than spring,
I so need to think of the time when these bright yellow lilies were in full bloom in July last summer.
Although, the rain came down in buckets, it did not stop their cheerful and vibrant colours showing off at their best!

Do take good care and good cheer. Rii :))
The Lily Garden is a most marvellous site for all things Lilies.

STILL LIFE: Rose in a Vase

This Still Life – setting was in a public bathroom in the Old City, Jerusalem,
begging to be photographed; so I did!
It is a perfect one to paint…


Tis peaceful setting for today. Rii xx

© Photos: By Riihele. All rights reserved.

The Perfect European Should Be…

The Perfect European

The Perfect European – which nationality in The Happy Family that makes the European Union has got the ‘it’. That question does arise every now and then.

I did an earlier entry some time ago called: ‘Wanted: Europeans Unity.’ Here is a map with all the countries listed. Europe got its name from a mythological figure of the same name and in some languages the continent is called, Europa, exactly as the namesake. Here is the official gateway to The European Union. The link to The Council of Europe is here. The Council of Europe page on the symbols is in this link. Another great and informative site is in here where the US events are reported. Yet another link with all kinds of information for and about the teachers and schools that took part in the celebrations on the Europe Day. And The European Parliament is in this link. – Take your pick on the language of your choice to view the pages, there’s plenty to choose from! – I know, info galore!! Yet another great and handy link into the European Union Commission pages is in this link.

I got this card featured one year from Becki, as she was heading off to the far-off shores in one of her travels, she saw this card in Gatwick Airport in London. It was the Finn bit in the card that made her think of me; the ‘oh, so quiet and shy mother of hers!

The Perfect European Should Be…

Cooking …. Like a Brit

Available…. As a Belgian

Flexible… As a Swede

Sober…. As the Irish

Talkative…. As a Finn

Famous….As a Luxembourger

Humble…. As a Spaniard

Generous…. As a Dutchman

Humorous….As a German

Patient…. As an Austrian

Organised….As a Greek

Driving…. Like the French

Technical….As a Portuguese

Controlled…. As an Italian

Discreet….As a Dane

The motto of the European Union, in Latin, In varietate concordia, “UNITY IN DIVERSITY.”The emphasis in this slogan is on the word ‘unity’ in this wording. The new proposed motto is this, “United in Diversity.” The emphasis in this expression is on the word ‘diversity’, in my mind. The Irish take on the diversity of the opinions and the platform provided for the same is in here. This is BBC’s take on today’s news on Bulgaria and Romania joining The Happy Family in January 2007. And here is more on the rest of the queue banging at the Fortress Europe to open the gates for them.

The very first blog that I read regularly was that of Margot Wallstm – who that? Well, she is the Vice-President of The European Commission and here is her personal profile in this link. Tis for now on the The Perfect European.

Riihele xx.

The card is by:
WPI WhitewayPublications Ltd.