I seldom buy cut flowers. Beautiful as they are, I worry about the environmental impacts of industrial bloom farming, packaging and transportation — all to deliver ephemeral moments of colour to florists, supermarkets and gas stations all around the country.
But for reasons I can’t quite explain, two bunches of Asiatic lilies, still all in bud, found their way into my supermarket trolley a few days ago. Since then I have been capturing their slow transformation from bud to bloom.
Most of the flowers are open now, and the sticky dark orange pollen has begun to fall. Within a couple of days, they’ll all be consigned to the compost bin, but I have had my “fix” of fresh flowers for a while. Next time though, I may just visit the Botanical Gardens.