In my book, nothing quite equals a single unfurling Calla lily (Zantendeschia aethiopica) for pure elegance. She has many relatives, some with spotted leaves, some with interesting colors in the flowers (I quite like the nearly black one), but in this spot, with the dark foliage background, white is by far the most dramatic choice. I keep transplanting more of these in hopes of one day getting a full bouquet of them. There was a scene in the movie Frances where Jessica Lange (Oscar winner for this role) came in with an armload of white Calla lilies, just the flowering stems, no leaves, and put them in a tall glass vase…sublime. The movie was difficult to watch, dealing with a famous actress and her spiral into madness, but I would almost watch it again just for those lilies.
That Loree…first she got us all interested in spiky plants and now she has started a hard-to-resist meme featuring a favorite plant in the garden. It’s loosely organized: you can post weekly, monthly or follow any schedule that suits you. She doesn’t have any widgets, but you can link to Danger Garden to join in the fun. If you happen by on a different day, it will be easy to find her most recent “favorite” post in her archives, as she posts one weekly. I’ll be curious to see what your favorites are.