Sunday, 31 May 2015

Milk and Wine Lily (Crinum zeylanicum)

"Milk and Wine Lily (Crinum zeylanicum)", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2015

"Crinum lilies are one of the most common old garden and cemetery plants. They always remind me of the southern USA where I grew up. They're huge, the biggest of all bulbs. They're so showy and fragrant that they border on being obnoxious. Although not common in commerce anymore, many country yards still have a clump or two. Crinums became common southern dooryard plants around the beginning of the 1900s. There are about 130 species of Crinums, native mainly to the tropics and South Africa."

Crinum zeylanicum, commonly known as Milk and Wine Lily, is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family. Crinum comes from the Greek krinon, meaning lily; zeylanicum means of, or from, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

In the tropical and subtropical areas where the Milk and Wine lily is native, both the bulbs and the leaves are used for their medicinal properties. It is reportedly used as a febrifuge (i.e. as medication to reduce fever) and as an analgesic (i.e. to relieve pain). The roasted bulbs are crushed and applied to abscesses and used, as well, as a treatment for “rheumatism”. The juice of the leaf is used to relieve the pain of an earache.

Of course, I was attracted to these flowers for two reasons: I remember them from my childhood and I love the strips of colour on the milky white.  

To be honest, I really do not care much for most lilies as I have always found the odour to be somewhat overpowering.  I do enjoy Crinum zeylanicum, however, from a distance.  As most of you are well aware, I do love Calla Lilies, but these, as I have told you often enough, are not true lilies at all.

Portions of the above information were taken from various Internet sources.


Suki in a moment of contemplation!
Well, Suki hasn't done anything especially outrageous this past week.  That is not to say that she has been well-behaved -- no, she has been her usual frustratingly, lovable self.

Actually, I had expected to be able to tell you about Suki's latest interaction with the "noise monster" as workmen were scheduled to finally fix the hole they left in the back of my entryway coat closet (they plan to install a metal door so that, in future, they can reach the pipes behind the wall without breaking through the wall again).  However, they were evidently called out on some emergency or other and so the work on my wall was postponed.  I'm sure I will be getting another letter requesting "permission to enter" sometime in the near future.  So, you can look forward to soon hearing about Suki's behaviour when the "noise monster" comes to visit once again!

As for me, I had a lengthy visit with the pain specialist this past week during which we talked about the results of all the tests I have had recently. Unfortunately, there was no good news.  The whole spine/neck disease has definitely gotten worse and the prognosis is that it will continue to worsen.

There were, however, a couple of painful areas in my arm and leg that he thought might be unrelated to the disease and, if so, there may be a way to provide me with some long-term relief in these areas. So, a couple of additional tests are now scheduled. I will let you know what we find out.

Ronàn playing with a bucket full of toys!
By the way, next Sunday Ronàn will be baptized.  Please pray for him.



"Icon - Holy Trinity (Hospitality of Abraham and Sarah)", by the hand
of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2010, rev. 2015

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Mt 28:16-20

For Trinity Sunday, I am using my icon of the three angels visiting Abraham and Sarah.  As most of you know, this event, found in the 18th chapter of the Book of Genesis, has been seen by the Church for centuries as a "foretelling" of the doctrine of the Triune God.

You may recall that back in 2010 I featured an icon of Rublev, the Russian iconographer, famous for "writing" the icon of the three angels.  The icon has been known ever since as "The Trinity". 

Here is my icon which includes a copy of Rublev's famous work:

"Icon - Rublev the Iconographer", by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer,
2010, rev. 2015

The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is, in my opinion, so far beyond human understanding that I, an ordinary laywoman, would be an utter fool to attempt to comment.  So, I won't.  I just hope that the images will speak to you about this Community of Love.

St. Andrei Rublev, pray for us.

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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