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The Traditional Lily

Chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts, and sunrise church services are Easter traditions, and in the flower world, the Easter lily is the traditional flower. Considered a symbol of purity, hope and life, the large, white trumpet-shaped flowers of Easter lilies grace the sanctuaries of many churches and homes on Easter. In fact, about 13 percent of the year’s floral purchases are made for Passover and Easter with lilies leading the list of most sought after flower.

The Easter season is filled with legends and folklore about the lily and its religious significance. The lily is the traditional flower of Easter and is regarded as a joyful symbol of beauty, elegance, spirituality, and hope. In Christendom the lily has come to symbolize the resurrection, but did you ever wonder about the history and significance of this symbolic flower which adds elegance and fragrance to millions of homes and churches during the spring time?

Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier, is the one to thank for the popularity of the lily. In 1919 he brought a suitcase full of lily bulbs to the southern coast of Oregon and gave them to family and friends. The Oregon climate was ideal for growing this lily, a native of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, and by 1945, thousands west coast growers were producing bulbs for the commercial market.

The Asiatic Lilies White collection contains the hardiest of all the lily hybrids. This box contains 120 individual stems of 26 -28″ long white Asiatic Lilies. Please make sure to set your delivery date 4 days prior to the event to give the flowers enough time to open.

Tradition has it that when Eve was forced out Garden of Eden she cried tears of repentance, and from those apologetic tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that repentance is actually the beginning of beauty. A mark of grace and throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a timely symbol of the meaning of Easter. Filling millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life. As a gift or enjoyed in your home, the lily is a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for celebrating and rejoicing. So when you give Easter baskets to your family, don’t stop with decorated eggs and chocolate rabbits; include a few lilies!

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