One of my favorite parts of Summer is when my Stargazer Lilies bloom. Before blooming, it's a lot of waiting and watching the stalks of the lilies grow for the first half of the season. Then a few more weeks later the pod-like blooms begin to emerge and eventually get larger, and finally as the pods are turning from green to a whitish hue you know the lilies will soon be blooming. Once they bloom they are the most fragrant flowers. The hummingbirds and butterflies just love them. Between the vibrant colors, the fragrant blooms and the unique shape of each individual section of the plant, they truly are a miracle of Mother Nature.
(Just fyi: I did no enhancement in Photoshop to the images. The flowers are truly this gorgeous.)