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Pictures of Blooming Easter Lilies in our Backyard

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Our Easter Lilies in bloom with colorful impatiens in the background.

Our Easter Lilies in bloom with colorful impatiens in the background.

Easter Lilies

The pictures of these beautiful milky white Easter Lilies were taken in our backyard last year.

This year's batch might or might not be in full bloom as they were at this time last year due to the unusually cold and freezing weather that we have had this past winter in Houston, Texas.

Many plants have had a bit of a set-back due to the circumstances of frigid weather that included several days of protracted freezes and even a couple of rare snowfalls that briefly blanketed the city and countryside.

Generally our winters are mild and some winters pass without us ever having to even wear a coat.

Not so this year!

Coats and jackets and gloves were all put to good use in this winter of 2009 to early 2010.

Our fireplace that is ornamental and used more for the ambiance that it creates when lit was utilized more this past winter than for all the winters of the preceding ten to fifteen years added together. The additional warmth that emanated from it into our living room from the gas logs was welcomed.

Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies

Pictures

You might note in some of these pictures the surrounding blooms of the impatiens that offered a colorful backdrop to the pristine whiteness of the Easter Lilies.

While the green foliage of the Easter Lilies is now evident and soon the buds will form and eventually open their cup-like trumpet shaped blossom, there will be no blooming impatiens at the same time this year. The plants turned to mush after the winter freezes, and any new impatiens plants will have to come up from seed.

Last year was the first time that I had photographed the Easter Lilies. Prior to that I was digging them out by the hundreds (or so it seemed) and was kept busy giving them away to other gardeners for their home landscapes.

They are now down to a manageable and enjoyable number in an area that can be viewed from our kitchen and our everyday dining area adjacent to the kitchen.

Easter lilies blooming in our backyard.

Easter lilies blooming in our backyard.

I have the Easter Lilies nestled in with azaleas, my beloved rocks, the birdbath and a few other plants like caladiums and ajuga. Not everything blooms at the same time, so this garden bed offers a variety of perennial plants that adds variety to the backyard landscape at various times of the year.

Growing Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies are a bulbous plant. They are perennial in the South and spread easily.

The residents of this house prior to our moving here apparently loved Easter Lilies as they were growing almost like a weed in just about every garden bed in the backyard.

Each bulb consists of many little attached bulbs much as a head of garlic. If even one little bulb escapes being dug up when trying to relocate the plants or give them away, one will have another Easter Lily growing in that same location the following year.

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It took quite a while of sustained effort to get them corralled into the location where we wish to enjoy their annual show.

Looking at the closeness of the foliage coming up this year, I will probably have to thin them out after they bloom as one has to do with most bulb plants so that they do not become overcrowded.

Easter lilies in our backyard

Easter lilies in our backyard

After the Easter Lilies bloom, for best effect one must let the stalks dry and let the nutrients enrich the bulbs. They can be woven together and laid flat upon the ground letting the surrounding plants help to hide this part of their life cycle.

It is for this reason that I did not want them everywhere in the garden. The show that Easter Lilies produce is seasonal, spectacular but also relatively brief.

The only extra care that I give them (where we live in Houston) is to sprinkle a little bone meal over them in the Fall and water it in for some extra nutrition for next year's show of beauty.

Easter and Its Meaning

The meaning of Easter for most Christians is rejoicing in the fact of Jesus Christ having risen from the dead and His ascension into Heaven.

The preceding days of His being falsely accused and sentenced to death by crucifixion...a horrible death!...had ended. Jesus had sacrificed Himself to pave the way for the rest of us who believe in Him and who follow His teachings to be able to gain entrance into Heaven and live an everlasting life.

Secular customs have also taken root over the centuries and Easter bunnies and Easter eggs are seen in abundance this time of year.

Domestic rabbit & 3 Easter eggs

Domestic rabbit & 3 Easter eggs

Easter egg hunts where children are invited even onto the White House lawn as well as numerous other places have become commonplace. The goal is to collect as many Easter eggs as possible and they are hidden under shrubs and in other places that are good hiding spots. The child who collects the most eggs generally wins a prize.

Many greeting cards are sold and mailed at this Easter time of year.

New Easter outfits became customary for many people and they sported their new clothes at church or at Easter parades which also became commonplace.

Easter is a celebration during the Spring of the year and celebrates the rebirth of many things both religious and otherwise.

The Easter Lily has become a symbol of this special season.

Easter lily

Easter lily

Last year as I was taking these pictures of the Easter Lilies in our backyard my mother was enjoying the view from inside the house and also while sitting on the patio.

Along with the redbud tree in full bloom and the azaleas and camellias and other flowering shrubs offering various splashes of seasonal color to the backyard, the birds were busy building their nests.

Everything was exploding with promises of another season of glorious blooms and renewing life and the three of us (my mother, husband and myself) were happy in our surroundings.

Closeup of an Easter Lily in Bloom

Easter lily

Easter lily

Several years ago my dear mother departed this life and when the Easter Lilies open their trumpet shaped pristine white blossoms each Spring it will be a reminder to me of her promised place in Heaven.

Mother dear, I love you and always will.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Jeanne on June 01, 2020:

Nice site

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

Like you, I remember watching and then helping my mother color the Easter eggs. When we were young, my parents hid our Easter baskets and we would have to search the house to find them. This brings back happy memories. (Smile)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 08, 2019:

No doubt I was here before but who can resist pictures of Easter lilies no matter when they are shown? And Easter egg hunts were such a special time in my youth---real eggs were hidden that we had colored with my Momma O thank you for the fond memories Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

You have a keen eye for flowers. The impatiens did make for a colorful backdrop for the blooming Easter lilies. One year all of them seemed to be affected by some type of disease and died. I heard the same reports from others in different states. I have since replaced them with caladiums.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 22, 2019:

I wish I'd seen this article before Easter. The lilies are quite beautiful and the impatiens make a nice backdrop for the white.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2019:

Hi Dale,

Too bad your wife could not attend that flower show. Many lilies are perennial plants which make them nice to have in one's garden.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on April 13, 2019:

Peggy my wife is a flower enthusiast. In fact, right at this very moment she is disappointed that she can't be at the flower show that is happening right across the street from where I am typing this right now. It's happening in the Coronado island park, next to the library. I am not much of a flower kinda guy BUT Lilies are my personal favorite. Which for some reason makes my wife giggle.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2019:

Hi Chitrangada,

Some of our Easter lilies will be fully open in the next couple of days. Most of our azaleas are now finished blooming, but our yard and gardens are full of color with other flowering plants. It is a beautiful time of year. I am happy to know that you enjoyed reading this post.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2019:

Excellent article and such beautiful pictures of the white lilies. I came to know a lot about the Easter and lilies connection. Loved the videos as well.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2015:

Hi poetryman69,

We work hard to keep it that way. Thanks for the compliment on our yard.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2015:

Hi Rebecca,

I am guessing that your climate in Georgia should be warm enough in the winters so that Easter lilies planted in the ground would survive to grow and re-bloom again. Good luck! Not much to lose by trying!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2015:

Hi Shyron,

You must be responding to Suzanne's comment about having an Easter lily come up in the color red in later years. I have never heard of that happening either. Ours continue to be white. Thanks for the votes and share.

poetryman6969 on April 08, 2015:

I envy your beautiful garden.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 07, 2015:

How beautiful! This is just what I needed. I have an Easter lily this year, and I was wondering what to do with it. Thanks!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 07, 2015:

What an amazing Easter show. I have never heard of red ones before.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

Hope you have a Blessed day.

Shyron

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

How strange having an Easter lily come up in later years in the color of red. I wonder if it has anything to do with your soil? I guess it does not matter. It is undoubtedly pretty no matter the color.

justmesuzanne from Texas on April 06, 2015:

Lovely! I bought a white Easter Lily years ago and planted it in my yard after it finished blooming. It has grown back red every year since!

Voted up, useful and interesting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2015:

Hello Ebower,

Like you, I thought that time lapse video of the Easter lily was interesting also. Thanks for the votes and Happy Easter to you!

Erin Bower from Georgia on April 02, 2015:

Beautiful lilies and I love the time lapse video! I voted this up and beautiful. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2015:

Hi Lady Guinevere,

I used to have many bearded irises and one thing that I learned is that you have to keep the different colors separated or eventually they all seem to turn to the purple varieties which are obviously more dominant. The same with Louisiana irises. At least they are hardy! Too bad the deer like to munch on lilies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2015:

Hi Mary,

Too bad that the Easter lilies do not do well in living year after year in the ground where you live in Florida. Apparently they like the climate here in Houston. Thanks for the pin and share. Happy Easter to you also and to your family.

Debra Allen from West By God on March 31, 2015:

I would love to have lilies period in my yard, but the deer love them. I planted a whole bunch of asiatic lillies one year and they were all eaten by the deer. Not one of them survived. The Bearded Irises, they do not like, and I have many, many of them too. They also grow like weeds! I am trying to get more colors of them besides the purple ones, but have had no luck so far. They are expensive.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2015:

Hi Lady Guinevere,

They are beautiful when in bloom each Spring. Our Easter lilies are still green in the garden and will apparently bloom after Easter this year. I do have some buds on amaryllis and iris plants that will soon be opening.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 31, 2015:

I miss my Easter Lillies! When I lived in Georgia I had many! Here in Florida I have tried to keep an Easter Lilly that was gifted to me, but they just never did well. They would remain alive for a one more year; after that, they died.

Your photos are just beautiful. Voted UP, and shared. Pinned to my gardening board.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter, Mary

Debra Allen from West By God on March 31, 2015:

I like them for their beauty in the spring.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2015:

Hi gerogescifo,

I think that is true no matter what one tries to grow. Whether it is Easter lilies or some type of exotic tree or shrub, all need the proper growing conditions in order to thrive. Our climate in Houston lets us grow a wide variety of things...but not all. Glad you liked the photos.

georgescifo from India on March 31, 2015:

Really loved the pics, especially of the Easter lillies. I had try to grow it in my backyards but have failed to get it going and might be due to the unfavorable climatic conditions. Thanks for sharing the images of the flowers in full bloom.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Yes...Easter will soon be upon us! Many people have been given Easter lilies from this yard. The lady who lived here prior to us must have been like your mother. She had them growing everywhere! Enjoy your Easter preparations and sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Glad you got the comments thing figured out. Appreciate the share on this Easter lily hub. Yes...let's enjoy the cooler weather while we can. We know what happens in Texas summers! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2015:

Hi Susie,

Our Easter lilies are coming up right now as they do each year. My grandmother had lemon yellow day lilies that I loved. We had them for years up in Wisconsin and also Texas but they did not make the move to our present home. I gave some of them to an aunt and uncle in Iowa...so they still thrive.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 25, 2015:

I think I read this last year but I cannot resist Easter lilies. Momma had tons of them in our yard and they were exquisite just as the ones in this photos are.

And we are gearing up for the next two weeks of Easter observations...Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday and of course Easter Day.

Thanks for sharing, Peggy

Know that many precious Angels and blessings are on the way ps

C E Clark from North Texas on March 25, 2015:

You must have a beautiful yard given all the gorgeous photos you have posted of the many flowers and plants, etc. With Easter not far away, thought I'd give this article a share.

Thank you for your help with the comments section. I've had quite a time trying to figure out how to do what you do with your comments, but I did it.

Don't worry about the comment ending up in Spam. Some of mine end up there every once in a while. I should check it often, but I don't and the next thing somebody's comment is there. At least it's not the same person's comments every time. Have no idea why it happens and I feel bad when it does. I have my comments on approval too, for the same reason as you.

Well, spring has sprung the past couple of days, but cooler again for the next several days if they've got their forecast right. OK with me. I like it to stay right around 60-70 F. all the time. I know it's not going to happen, but one can dream . . .

Voted up again and shared with followers. Pinned to Awesome HubPages.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on March 25, 2015:

Your Easter Lilies were blooming beautifully and I hope they will again this year, Peggy. My neighbors up the road some in the front yard that are stunning. I have yellow Day Lilies planted in rock gardens and get to enjoy many blooms during the season. - Beautiful hub!