Saturday, 14 May 2011

Flower Photography: Oriental Lily (Stargazer)









Lilium "Stargazer" (the Stargazer lily) is a hybrid lily of the Oriental group. Oriental lilies are known for their fragrant perfume, blooming mid-to-late summer. Stargazers are easy to grow and do best in full sunlight.They have a fast growth rate and should be planted in full sun in well drained loamy or sandy soil. When mature, Stargazers can grow to a height of 36 inches with a spread of 12 to 16 inches with 4 to 5 flowers per stem.

The Stargazer lily was created in 1978 by Leslie Woodriff,a lily breeder in California. Woodriff called the new cross "Stargazer," because the blooms faced towards the sky. Known for its striking white, red, and pink petals, and heavenly scent, this lily has become a favorite for many occasions.

The ASPCA reports this plant as being toxic to cats. They are said to cause vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death. Cats are the only species known to be affected.

Posted for Macro Friday , Today's Flowers and Macro Monday


25 comments:

  1. Please tell me you took those shots with a macro lens - they are stunning and if you accomplished them without then I bow down to you. Your blog is wonderful I am glad I discovered you via Flowers On Saturday.

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  2. whew, Che, these are very elegant macro shots, very captivating. I love all of them, and you make me want to go out now, only that it is nighttime here now :( but hopefully tomorrow, i would be able to take some macro bloom shots, i always forget about this since i always go hiking and forgets to slow down. i should, i hope tomorrow, thanks for awakening again that desire in me Che to take a closer look at the flowers. hugs.

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  3. These are gorgeous shots, Cher! I love the colors!

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  4. Wow! Beautiful photos! Awesome colors!

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  5. Your macro shots are amazing!!!!

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  6. The focus on these is stunning, Well done. Last year we planted some 'Golden Stargazers and are waiting for them to come up.

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  7. Beautiful Macro shots! I love the creative angle & the details you captured. Well done!

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  8. Super Macros!
    I just bought three of these Friday to go around my little yard pond.

    Carletta's Captures

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  9. what a great macro...
    Have a great week!

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  10. Lovely sequence. The abstraction of the first image is my favorite.

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  11. what can i say? these are amazing macro shots!!!

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  12. Gorgeous details of the different parts of this beautiful flower.

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  13. These are simply amazing macros!! I'm really in awe of how you got so many colors and textures....and so very close!!

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  14. Breathtaking!! All I can say after viewing each lovely photo is "WOW"!!!

    Here's an open invitation to view my 'legendary' MERMAID'S PURSE...a sea 'oddity'. If you have time...come on over for a visit!!

    Have a super Monday.

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  15. Amazing shots. I posted the Stargazer Lily today, too! That flower is simply magical and you did a great job.

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  16. Such beauty and wonderful detail.

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  17. Wow...love your blog! Love these beautiful pictures, too.

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  18. Wonderful flowers!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I would like you to become a Guest Friend in TODAYS FLOWERS.
    If you agree send me pictures so I tell your Guest Friend date.

    Thanks

    Luiz

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  19. I have never seen one of these lilies, but they are beautiful. Your macro shots are awesome. what fine captures.

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  20. Thanks for the beautiful photos !!!

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  21. Stunning macros...love the shallow depth and those colors are so beautiful!

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