Known to mankind from at least 4000 years ago, as shown in Cretan frescoes, these are the oldest flowers depicted on paintings.
They are found worldwide and have symbolised many things from chastity and purity, to royalty.
It flowers in sixes, (six petals, stamens and seedpods), and you should plant them 6-7 inches deep from the top of the bulb.
- When you cut lilies for vases, cut only the stem length you want. The remainder continues to strengthen the plant.
- Keep picking off the recent invader, lily beetles, and get rid of them organically.
Originally published in the Stroud News and Journal.