Smells Like Lily

She is a garden enclosed and a fountain sealed. ~ Song of Songs

This royal highness truly last long. The fragrance it sends is especially strong at night. It fills the room so much so that my husband thought he sensed a smell of something acrid, like urine; from one of our babies’s diapers perhaps. Not that it’s pungent; then, he grew to like it. Just because it comes from Lily.

After 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks.
Fresh, before bloom.
Fresh, before bloom.

“Gorgeous lilies have been known and cultivated since olden times—thousands of years before Christ—on the island of Crete, in Egypt, in China, in the Middle and Far East. There are over 100 species of lilies, each colored with different nuances. Some of them are extra fragrant, for example the Easter Lily, originating from Japan and the Far East and intensively cultivated on the islands of Bermuda, and the Madonna Lily, one of the oldest species of lilies, common in the Balkans and probably brought there from the Middle East.”

“With the spread of Christianity, moral values had changed, but the lily didn’t lose her power, symbolizing the most treasured Beauty, as before. The pure white Madonna Lily is the flower of the Virgin Mary. There is a lily in the hand of the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation.” The Power of Beauty: Lily in Fragrances

The Annunciation by George Hitchcock, 1887, Art Institvte Chicago.
The Annunciation by George Hitchcock, 1887, Art Institvte Chicago.
From a Beautiful Blog -  Sweet Heart of Mary
From a Beautiful Blog – Sweet Heart of Mary

As we all know, Beauty is a great Power.

Fleur De Lys
The powerful sign of the lily embodied authority 
coming from God, and appeared in the heraldic symbols of royal houses in Europe—the Fleur-de-lis, a stylized Lily.

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