Sunday, 6 August 2017

Lilium Repeats

"Lilium bulbiferum -- Orange Lily", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017 revision

From the blog posting of August 26, 2012:

Lilium bulbiferum -- commonly known as Orange Lily, Fire Lily or Tiger Lily -- is a herbaceous perennial plant with underground bulbs, belonging to the genus Lilium of the Liliaceae family. The specific name of bulbiferum is from the Latin, meaning "bearing bulbs" which refers to the secondary bulbs on the stem. 

Perennial lilies are native to the continental climate of the steppes, the Mediterranean countries, south-east Europe and central Asia. However, they have "escaped" from gardens in countries with similar climates worldwide and can now be said to be established in many other places. Evidently, according to people who know these things, this is one of the easiest lilies to grow. 

In Japan, it is cultivated in large quantities for the edible bulb which is described as tasting something like a sweet potato!

"Lilium martagon -- Martagon Lily", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017 revision

From blog posting of October 17, 2012:

Lilium martagon (Martagon or Turk's-cap lily) is a true species of lily. It is of the Family, Liliaceae, and the genus Lilium. It has a widespread native region extending from eastern France east through northern Asia to Mongolia and Korea.  However, just like the Orange Lily, they have "escaped" from gardens in countries with similar climates worldwide and can now be said to be established in many other places.  

The name, Turk's-cap, comes from the characteristic reflexed shape of the petals. The specific epithet, martagon, is a Turkish word which means turban or cap.

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


"Why do people have to bother me
when I am trying to sleep?"
Good news!  Suki suddenly decided that this new food I had purchased for her was not so very bad after all. Of course, it may simply have been hunger which drove her back to this particular wet food.  

Whatever the cause, I am very grateful that she changed her mind. I am now back to feeding her at the regular times and she still has this new dry food to snack on between meals. Interestingly, she is also now drinking more water than ever. For the first time since she came to live with me all those years ago, she actually uses her water bowl several times a day.  Wonders never cease!

Otherwise, she seems to be feeling fine and staying slim.  I will still have to take her back to the vet at the end of August for another blood test. Hopefully, the results will reveal that the calcium level in her blood has decreased.  This would mean that these new, expensive foods are finally doing the trick.

As for me, I continue to have the same issues which I continue to deal with in the usual ways.  I am, thankfully, no worse.  I haven't had any medical appointments since my last posting; although, I do have a couple coming up before this new month is over.  In fact, I think I have one scheduled for the week ahead.

Of course, here in Ontario, tomorrow, Monday, is a holiday.  It is now listed simply as a "Civic Holiday", but, originally, it was known in Toronto as Simcoe Day in honour of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada's (as the area of what is now Ontario was known at that time) first lieutenant governor and the man who initiated the abolition of slavery in Canada. The Act went into effect in July of 1793 and remained in effect until August 24, 1833, when Britain's Slavery Abolition Act put an end to slavery in most of the empire. Toronto City Council established the civic holiday in honour of Simcoe in 1869.  There are only 5 provinces in which the first Monday of August is a holiday and Ontario just happens to be one of them.  

As usual on statutory holidays, I will stay at home and enjoy my air conditioning!  I am too old and have too much pain to be trying to sit on picnic-table benches or lawn chairs, swatting at mosquitoes while trying not to inhale any fumes from the barbecuing!

There is one special event that occurs during this long weekend every year, which I would attend -- something I did attend when I still young and active -- and that is the Caribana Parade.  The celebration called Caribana has been regular part of the Toronto experience for 50 years now. It begins in late July and ends on the 1st Monday of August. Caribana celebrates the peoples, music and cultures of all the Caribbean nations including Guyana.  Below is a photo from the Parade taken from Caribana Facebook page. 

So, whatever you are doing in the weeks ahead, holidays or no holidays, I hope you will be happy and safe.  Remember, please be kind to one another, to the earth and to all its creatures.

"Fawn Fast Asleep", drawing by
Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2011


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