This Calla lily, a South African plant, was given to me as a present. To give a lily has special meaning. The first is easy to remember as it is signified by the shape of the flower, a horn or trumpet which calls hope from afar. The second is taken from the new growth forever pushing upwards and stands for life. The third from the simplicity of the flower is purity. The fourth is the military way the plant holds itself and represents steadfastness. The fifth is the shape of the leaf which is pointed like a spear or arrow and means love – some say that its leaves are the very arrows of cupid.
Never give a lily plant to anyone that you truly do not care about as it is thought to bring misfortune to a person who is not presenting their heart.
Plant lilies in your garden if you have someone who is away to deliver them safely back to you …
‘Treasure the lily for it shows the path that the purest soul may take to reach safety.’ Anon
The Calla lily sheds tears every evening and through the night and you can see the tear drops forming at the tips of the leaves. When it is morning the tears stop.