Bronzing the Lilly

older yellow calla lilly

Bronzing the Lilly

Daily Photo #22

An older Calla Lilly ages gracefully in my garden.

I know the idiom is really ‘gilding the Lilly’ as in Shakespeare’s

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess
King John. Act iv. Sc. 2.

However, I coined the term ‘bronzing the Lilly’ to describe how an aging flower can sometimes evolve from beautiful to exquisite as its edges turn coppery.

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