The Canada Lily, Lilium canadense, is in a struggle to survive the overpopulation of Whitetail Deer. Since the Mundy Wildflower Garden was partly fenced, the few plants inside have begun to show their full potential. Earlier this week I was amazed to find a single lily standing about seven feet tall with eleven blooms. Plans were made based on a prediction of favorable conditions for Saturday, and I was joined by spouse Pam and good friend David Dunneau.
This is an amazing plant. Previously I had only seen single or double blooms that I now characterize as juvenile plants.
The smaller plants are still quite beautiful and definitely easier to compose into a photo.
A closer look at the flower shows an inviting target for the pollinator.
While most blooms were very regular in form, I found one plant with twin blooms that had a very seductive form.
An unexpected bonus of the early morning outing was spotted by my friend David. Two very tiny flies in the mating couplet. They are only about 6 millimeters long (1/4 inch).
Pretty neat to see them in detail. Again, the calm air helped greatly.
Finished by 9 am, we retired to the Ithaca Bakery for bagels and coffee. We had earned the treat.