Sunday, 12 July 2009

Orange Lilies

July 12th 1690 was the Battle of the Boyne - The armies of William III defeated those of the former James II. What has this to do with Orange Lilies?

A member of one of the Ulster Protestant Orange Societies established within the Orange Order (founded 1795) is known as an Orangeman. Because Liverpool has a large Irish population there is an Orangemen's March on July 12th in the city centre. My Dad was not an Orangeman but he liked to have his Orange Lilies flowering on July 12th. And, strange to say, they frequently did!


  1. Beautiful flowers and great colour. Pity about all the bother they caused but gorgeous things are often the cause of upset. Or hijacked by those truly responsible. Enjoy the GP.

  2. I just stumbled in, by way of making a comment on another blog. Beautiful photo's and a a great site. Thanks for sharing.

  3. what came first the orange lilies blooming or the orange society marching.... seems the lilies would have been there first. love the photos.

    last month in Adrian MI, I found RED lilies, they were beautiful - my photos did not show them well... I was up in someone's yard and I afraid the police would come....

  4. Oh Adrian - you are so right - how often have gorgeous things been the cause of upset!!!
    Red Lilies sound worth risking arrest for, Ginger V! Thanks for the visit Barbara. Just been reading your journal. When I read
    "Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference" it reminded me of my partner who used to have this on her wall.

  5. A little history along with the beauty. Nice photos!


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