Lilies, whose scientific name is Lilium, has more than one hundred gorgeous species in its family. There are many plants that have lily in their common name, however, not all are true lilies. Two examples of this misnomer are Day Lilies and Peace Lilies. True lilies are mostly native throughout the temperate climatic regions of the northern hemisphere of planet Earth, although the range can extend into the northern subtropics as well. This range extends across much of Europe, Asia, Japan and the Philippines and across southern Canada and throughout most of the United States.
Lilies are very easy to grow. If I can grow them, anyone can! They are not especially particular about soil type nor pH level. Their only requirement is well-drained soil. Lilies grow best in full sun, however they may thrive in partial sun as well. An interesting fact about this plant is that most lily bulbs have very thick roots that have the ability to pull the bulb down into the soil at a depth that is most optimum for their continued survival.
I have also yet to figure out what is causing the uploaded photographs to look slightly askew when viewing the finished posting. This is not the case of the actual photograph scanned onto my computer (yes, I still proudly shoot film) nor when I first upload them to my WordPress.com blog page. Again, I am sometimes embarrassed by the final product, as it appears that I care very little by their actual appearance. As a neat freak and a perfectionist (both a blessing and a curse), this is far from the truth.
If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.
Steven H. Spring