This is my oriental lily, bought on a whim a couple of years ago. I do nothing with it, I just watch it grow from nothing and bloom every year and then prune it back to bulb every autumn. I have five or six bulbs in the pot and each plant has one or two blooms annually.
Every year at this time, the leaves are luscious and green and the flower buds are taut and shiny, full of the potential of the bloom. I end up checking them almost every day to ensure I haven't missed a thing - and this year I hope to catalogue the emergence of these beautiful flowers. I love that this bud is so ready to burst that it takes on the gentle hue of the petals inside.
I was going to blog a 'before and after' post here, but I'm not going to - you're all going to have to wait with me to see what my beautiful lily is going to produce.......