Weekly photo challenge: today (6) – lily?

By: roughseasinthemed

Jun 06 2012

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Category: Flowers, Gardens, Gibraltar, Photography


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Looks like some type of lily to me. I await information from those who know more than I do. The limit of my floral knowledge was listed on the salvia post.

Unlike mesembrianthemums or antirrhinums, or even salvia, lily, like violet is one of those old-fashioned names for girls/women.

Not just short for Lilian, but in its own right.

I mention this one because my grandmother was a Lily. I’ve not thought about her for years, until I saw this photo and then I remembered her name.

It was appropriate I guess because she was pretty and graceful, even in later years.

It was inappropriate because her surname was Pickles. Lily Pickles. As a child I wondered why anyone would name someone in honour of a yellow product that came out of a jar – piccalilli. Perhaps it was just me. I liked piccalilli so it came to mind immediately.

Writing this post, I thought perhaps piccalilli was a 20th century thing. Lily, having been born in the late 1890s may have come before piccalilli.

Nope. Piccalilli has been around since 1758 (not the Heinz version). So, no excuse there. And, I can’t believe her parents (my great grands) didn’t know about it because the fondness for pickle, vinegar and all things tart has come down through her side of the family, through my father, and to me.

So, this yellow lily (?) is particularly appropriate. I could even have lived with a mustard background from DuoTone, given the piccalilli connections (flavourings are mustard and turmeric, which gives the yellow colour) but ironically it was not to be.


23 comments on “Weekly photo challenge: today (6) – lily?”

  1. The email did not happen after all, and I am about to call it a day. Tomorrow!
    In any case, your posts are so inviting, I can’t stop looking at them even though the clock is ticking and compelling me to do so many other things.
    This looks like a day lily to me. The plant thrives throughout the season, but each blossom only lasts one day, with new buds waiting their turn to bloom one day. If you were to look at a blossom at the start of the day and at day’s end, you could see how it has aged.
    There are two Lilly’s in my family. Lilly with 2 L’s is the German equivalent of Lily. One is my mom’s cousin who lived in northern BC and only came down to Vancouver once in a while and I actually do not remember a time when I did not know her. And then there was an aunt as well, whom I only ever saw in photos when her kids (my cousins – who were older than me) were little. I will never forget the day I met the aunt.
    I was visiting in Germany and had just been out for the afternoon with some kids around my age and when we got back, there was a woman at the house. She was rather classy and at the same time very friendly. Everybody entering the place shook her hand and said, ‘Guten Tag’ so I did too and she reciprocated, and I proceeded to go to the living room. A few moments later I was called back and introduced to my mom’s oldest sister. We had a good laugh about that.


    • No worries about the email 😀

      Thank you for your comment about my inviting posts! At least the ones on this blog are pretty short and only (normally) have one pic. This series, incidentally will finish tomorrow, so you may get a day off after that!

      I’m more used to the stargazer type of lilies. Perhaps I will wander up and have a look to see them again. I can check out the roots too. But not today, too many other things to do after a long lazy jubilee weekend.

      I think Lily (or Lilly) is like Violet, it is a generational name. Love your story.

      Don’t you think this lily resembles the pansies too with it’s blotchy face? I should have mentioned that. Ah well. Of course, it has more petals though. But looking at it face on, it looks remarkably similar. Duerme bien 🙂


      • you are right, now that you mention it. very similar colouring to pansies. Very astute observation!
        I agree about the names, although old names seem to be in vogue again. I know of two girls under the age of five named Lily. And a friend of mine chose some old-style names for her kids some 20-ish years ago, although one of them has a twist to the spelling. One of her sons is William and the younger daughter is Jayne.
        Stargazers are beautiful. Had some in the back yard for a few years until the trees took over and provided more shade than was useful 😦


        • It was my minimal research on pansies and violets and the blotch issue that made me notice it on the lily. And of course, yellow pansies are also such a vibrant colour.

          Jayne was pretty popular as a variant when I was at school. I suppose it is so long since girls were called Lily and Violet that it is their turn to come round again. Along with Rose, Heather, and countless others. Pansy even 😦 Briony, Jasmine, Ivy – OK, I’ll confess, I did a google search to come up with the last two. Amazing how many floral names there are.
          Here we go:

          “First came Lily, one of the trendiest girls’ names of the nineties. Then Daisy began showing up on the chicest babies. Rose became the middle name du jour. And flower names for girls, last a craze a hundred years ago, became the most fashionable group around.”

          Which pretty much bears out what I was saying about it being my grandmothers’ generation of the 1890s.

          I don’t think chicest works as a word!!


          • ‘Chicest’ almost looks like a typo of some kind, doesn’t it?
            I remembered another – Iris. Briony? Haven’t heard that one nor do I know what the flower is. Will have. To look that up later. Much, much later. 🙂


  2. Lily Pickles is funny! My great grandmother was called Lily (although I suspecty it was really Lilian) and I was fortunate enough to know her and remember her. She died when I was about 16. Kim’s mother is also called Lily!


  3. I’m quite surprised that didn’t bring DT’s mustard out 😉

    Love the tale of your piccalilli nan. 🙂

    I knew P&K would come to the rescue with her horticultural brain.


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