This lily has been showing buds for over a month now - and every day I think they are fat enough to bloom in a day or two. A week later they are still fatter and still not open. Here they finally look like they might open. I will post a photo of the show, when it's finally on.
Oldest son reminded me of this passage:
"But the shrub soon stopped growing, and began to get ready to produce a flower. The little prince, who was present at the first appearance of a huge bud, felt at once that some sort of miraculous apparition must emerge from it. But the flower was not satisfied to complete the preparations for her beauty in the shelter of her green chamber. She chose her colors with the greatest care. She dressed herself slowly. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled, like the field poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear. Oh, yes! She was a coquettish creature! And her mysterious adornment lasted for days and days..."*
I'll wait until Moomin Light posts about it, though. These are hers. As I recall they are pretty amazing - worth the wait. The buds are at eye level - it's a big plant.
*From The Little Prince. Our copy has note in the front - it was given to my father in 1955, by a teacher who shared it with him when he was a teenager. The first few chapters have some very important advice for artists.