A flower's demise is a slow process—unless you're photographer Jon Shireman, in which case it happens with a quick pivot and a smash. He immerses his flowers to stiffen them, then flings them against a hard surface. The shattered remains are beautiful. 'Broken Flowers' is a striking series of contrasting pairs.
See also the Gilding Lilies Photo Gallery for more photographs of the lilies.
Our sneak peek at some of the new lily varieties that will be shown at Lilytopia, starting May 20 at Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens, and that will be showcased in our July/August issue. These lilies, with their amazing new colors and shape, will be available for both the bulb and the cut-flower market in 2012—take a look at some of the most dramatic new varieties, as well as some tips for caring and arranging the blooms.