Last year I had one Calla Lily (Zantendenschia) bloom. This year there are six. I always remember the scene from the movie ‘Frances’ where Jessica Lange comes home with an armload of these (one of the ONLY uplifting scenes in a decidedly downbeat film). It may be a long wait for my garden to produce Callas in such abundance, but the pristine elegance of the blooms seems to me to ask for the simplicity of a single bloom in a vase, shown here flanked by two of Richard’s pillar candlesticks and sitting on a new Ikat table runner.
Here is my expanding clump at the woodland’s edge. I first transplanted a shovelful from my mom’s place to my first garden, then brought some with me when we moved here.
You can easily see how this flower has inspired artists, from Georgia O’Keefe to Robert Maplethorpe. No chance of my amateurish photos nipping into that league. To see, or even participate in, the ‘In A Vase’ meme, click through to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and friends have on offer this week.
Elegant simplicity. :o)
Absolutely! Thanks for your two cents worth.
Lucky you , with all those beautiful things Richard makes ! What is the wood ?
It’s a pretty rare maple burl…and yes, I am lucky.
I love Calla Lilies–especially the white ones! Do you have any advice? I’ve tried to grow them in the past with no luck. I’m thinking my garden simply doesn’t have enough sun for them? They’re amazing cut flowers, as you illustrate here. Very nice.
I have mine in nearly full shade. If there is a trick, I think it may be plenty of water.
How nice your Calla Lily are happy enough to expand. Lovely creamy, waxy texture. Your design is elegant and sophisticated and shows the flower off well.
There are some exciting colored ones out there, but I still prefer the white for their simplicity. Thanks for your kind words.
I adore calla lilies, but they are so hard to photograph well. It’s just impossible to get their lusciousness across.
Well if even you fail, I’d best give up trying.
A beautiful display and vase. These do not grow well here so I can only admire them from afar. My favorite movie with calla lilies is Katherine Hepburn in Stage Door. A truly inspiring flower!
I’ve heard of that movie before…guess I’d better order it up on Netflix.
Simple and elegant.
Callas are like that…they don’t need much help.
Calla lilies are so beautiful! How lovely that they have come with you from your mom’s garden – that makes it extra special. And, Richard’s candle sticks in no way mars the picture. I have a big chunk of birch burl laying around the house. I should commission him to do something nice with it. 🙂
Burls are so fabulous and interesting. R would love to get his hands on yours, I’m sure.
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Callas do love to be alone. I’ve come to love the flowers – I inherited gobs of the plants with the house but, in our climate, they make only a temporary appearance, popping up in late winter after the rains and disappearing again when the temperatures soar such that their return always comes as a bit of a surprise.
A pleasant surprise, that.
Very nice, they do say we gardeners need patience, and some times it pays off as it is with your lillies 🙂 They are lovely
With me, it’s not so much patience as so much going on it’s hard to obsess over any one thing…and suddenly, here they are. How about you? Is patience one of your virtues?
It’s already been said – simple stylish elegance….. so that’s what it must be. Thanks for sharing, rickii
Always a pleasure.