Lilies that grow from bulbs are in bloom in Ithaca right now. The day lilies are also in bloom but are not the same plants. According to an internet site, Lilies are believed to have been under cultivation longer than any other ornamental flower, having existed in gardens 3,000 years ago. Floral designs, particularly of Lilies, made their appearance and became very popular in the 18th dynasty of Egypt. Many flowers have interesting symbolism and use, which is always fun to study. This lily was photographed back lit by the afternoon sun.