In the garden, the heady scent of the Lilium regale, evokes a favourite painting of mine - Carnation, lily, lily, rose by John Singer Sargent. Painted in 1887 he exhibited it at the Royal Academy. The painting was immediately purchased by the Tate Gallery where it can still be viewed, and was his first major success. He painted the picture on site, here in the Cotswolds. The garden was in the small town of Broadway and shows two young girls lighting lanterns on a summers evening.
Lilies were one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's flower of choice used in many of their paintings. They symbolise purity, and were also extensively used by the great Renaissance painters too. I have mentioned the meaning of white lilies before and how they are used as the emblem of the Virgin; the white petals standing for purity and the golden stamens symbolising resurrection.
|Some other arrivals in the July garden|
I do not recall flowers on our Sage plant before!
The striking flowers and buds of the Crocosmia lucifer
A favourite of ours, the Dierama - Angel's fishing rods. They are hard to photograph as they keep delicately swinging to and fro on their fine stems. We have another clump in a salmon pink colour.
painting courtesy wikipedia