Every year in mid-February the lilies flower their hearts out, and I get angry at the greenies. You see, Lilium formosanum has been declared an alien invader in our country, despite growing upright, dying neatly and being beautiful. Other, infinitely more invasive and problematic plants are ignored, just because they are less easy to notice. And so I gleefully ignore the ban on this lily (the only which is even remotely easy to grow around here…) and spread the seeds through my meadows and in my gardens. Last year I posted extensively on them here and walking through the gardens I took a few quick shots over the weekend; below they grow with self-sown Verbena boronariensis in a meadow.