Roselily shiny center on St. Peter’s Square in Rome

Paul Deckers (right) gets himself informed about the qualities of Roselily’s – photo: Van den Bos Flowerbulbs

Paul Deckers (right) gets himself informed about the qualities of Roselily’s – photo: Van den Bos Flowerbulbs

This year the Roselily will be the ‘shiny center’ during the Easter Mass on the St. Peter’s Square in Rome. On Sunday April 16th at 12 o’clock the Pope will pronounce the yearly Easter blessing Urbi et Orbi (for City and World). From the balcony the Pope will wish the world a blessed Easter and he will traditionally thank Netherlands for the flowers which year after year decorate St. Peter’s Square during the Easter Mass.
Recently, the head florist of the Vatican decorations, Paul Deckers visited two Roselily growers. Van Schie grows pot Roselily’s and Moerman Lilium grows cut Roselily’s. Both will supply flowers and plants for the Easter Mass. Van den Bos Flowerbulbs is supplier of the bulbs where the Roselily’s are grown from. “We are really honored that Paul Deckers will be working with Roselily’s”, enthuses the company in a press release.
More flowers in the spotlight
During his visit to Van Schie, Paul mentioned according to Van den Bos Flowerbulbs that he decided to put flowers in the spotlight. Additionally, he wanted to commence working with new varieties of flowers; hence he chose the Roselily which was introduced in 2015. For Deckers it was important that Roselily’s do not produce any pollen. “Another unique characteristic of this lily is as the flower opens, they actually resemble a rose. The Roselily’s will be shown on the Pope’s balcony in combination with the rose variety Avalanche.”
More about the process
Both visits of Paul are captured on film, you can review them by clicking here. You will see a glance of the nurseries and Paul will tell more about the complete process around the decoration of the St. Peter’s Square.