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Lilies.  You either love them or you hate them.  Last time my husband and I used to work in the same office and one of our colleagues had a lily on her table.  My husband said he couldn’t stand the smell.  And then someone warned me that lily pollen would stain our clothes.  Bwahaha…

 

I have nothing against lilies.  I love all flowers.  I don’t discriminate flowers based on smell or pollen – I love them all the same.

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And I made a mini resolution the day I signed up for my Friends of the Garden pass to go for all the seasonal floral displays at the flower dome this year. (Actually, I’m just trying to make sure I made my money worth.)

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So there I was, at this year’s Lilytopia.  Where more than 50 varieties of lilies were on display at the flower dome.

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As with all floral displays of the past, I looked forward to being surprised.  To find lilies that defied my understanding of lilies.

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What is my understanding of lilies? You may wonder.  They are the kind you find in florists? With the mandatory stigma in the middle and the stamen with pollen that will stain your clothes.  Yup.

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So something like this to me was definitely a lily:

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And then I found this which didn’t have the stigma and stamen and pondered if it was a lily.  Its bud looked like a lily bud alright.  But without the stigma and stamen, this is what I mean by a lily that defies my understanding of a lily.  Which is what I love finding at the floral displays at Gardens by the Bay.

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And then there were the Calla lilies that look nothing like the lilies I know.

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But I love Calla lilies! So much that I chose them for my wedding hand bouquet.  Here I am, looking unglam as always even on my wedding day, with my Calla lilies.  Yeah yeah, go ahead and laugh.  I am glad I made your day.

calla-lily

Back to Lilytopia! The theme for Lilytopia was ‘Retro’.

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Lilytopia is one of Garden by the Bay‘s music-themed floral display.  So the moment I stepped into the flower dome, I was welcomed by retro music.  The first song that came on was ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’.

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In line with the retro theme, there were like retro cars within the display.

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And a retro scooter and bicycles.

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I didn’t care much for the decorations.  Nothing could beat Blossom Beats in terms of decorations.  I stuck to admiring the lilies.

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It wasn’t always about the lilies.  I loved how they mixed other flowers into the display to bring out the purity and elegance of the lilies.

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One thing I learned from Lilytopia was that there are upward facing lilies, sometimes termed as ‘Stargazers’.

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And there are also downward facing lilies.  I wonder what’s the term for them.  ‘Groundgazers’?

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I also learned that while lilies came in all sorts of colours, there are no such thing as blue lilies. I am guessing that is the reason why there was a carpet of these bluish-purplish little flowers?

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They provided a nice contrast to the non-blue lilies!

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As I walked to the centre of the main display, I found some HUGE lilies!

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Okay, maybe you can’t really tell how big they are from my photos.  You should go there to see for yourself!

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And if I had to pick one favourite lily at Lilytopia, it would be this one that is deep red with white trimmings.  It reminds me of Christmas! (Yeah, it’s the second half of the year and hence time to start thinking of Christmas.)

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Lilytopia is on at Gardens by the Bay‘s Flower Dome till 10 July 2016.   So you still have more than a week to catch it!

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But don’t say I didn’t warn you.  If you dislike the smell of lilies, you may want to stay away.  I could smell the lilies even before I entered the flower dome!

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And yup, watch those pollen and don’t let them get on your clothes. :p

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INFORMATION ON Lilytopia 2016:

Date: 3 June – 10 July 2016

Time: 9am – 9pm Daily

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

Map: Click here for Google Map Location

Admission Fee:

  • Local Resident Rate – One Conservatory
    Adult: $12
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $8
    Child (3-12 years old): $8
  • Local Resident Rate – Two Conservatories
    Adult: $20
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $15
    Child (3-12 years old): $12
  • Standard Rate – Two Conservatories
    Adult: $28
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $28
    Child (3-12 years old): $15

Credit card discount: Use OCBC credit card for 15% discount.

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Starts at:

03 Jun 2016

Ends at:

10 Jul 2016

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16 Comments

  • What an absolutely beautiful place, and your photographs are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this lovely post on #MondayEscapes

  • great flower photos! #city tripping
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  • Lolo says:

    Those are some pretty stunning flowers! I’m surprised that I don’t visit gardens or greenhouses while traveling as much as I looove flowers! Maybe I should include that in my next trip! #CityTripping

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I’ve never thought of visiting gardens before until Gardens by the Bay came about. And after I got hooked to visiting Gardens by the Bay in my own country, I started to keep a lookout of gardens in other countries I was visiting and ended up visiting quite a few gardens in my recent trip to Hokkaido! Of course if I had a choice, I would rather visit a flower field or farm rather than a garden. But I need to be at the right place in the right season – which I’m usually not. So I guess greenhouses and gardens will have to do for me. :p

  • mmlittlee says:

    and then someone told you lily pollen can stain your clothes. Bumble Bee Mum! You fly from flower to flower, you should know! hahahahah

    What a place to hone photography skills and you’re outdoing yourself each time. I wouldn’t have known that the orange flower without the stigma is a Lily if you hadn’t shared! Oh I love all things retro and I love receiving flowers too but not enough to sign an annual pass with Gardens By The Bay just yet =)

  • Wow, that is incredible! It must have been amazing to see them all together, although the ‘traditional’ lilies (the ones with the pollen) make me sneeze like there’s no tomorrow, so I think I’m best sticking with the gorgeous photos. Although snap, I had calla lilies (mango ones!) for my wedding – the shape is so amazing, and thankfully they don’t make me sneeze even a bit. #citytripping
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      Oh dear, you’re allergic to flower pollen? You had calla lilies for your wedding too! Luckily they didn’t have the pollen, that would have been disastrous!

  • Stunning images. The annual pass was certainly worth it. So much beauty (and sweet smells) under one roof. I am a big fan of lilies although curse them when the pollen drops on my carpet/table/clothes. You look gorgeous in your wedding photo. Snap! I had some Calla lilies in my bouquet too! Thanks for linking to #citytripping
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  • Wow, such amazing colours – unbelievable! I Love lollies – but I too also get really bad hay fever to the pollen, so can’t have them in the house! I would have still gone to Lilytopia though! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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