lily“I like not lady-slippers, Not yet the sweet-pea blossoms, Not yet the flaky roses, Red or white as snow; I like the chaliced lilies, The heavy Eastern lilies, The gorgeous tiger-lilies, That in our garden grow.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

They do a good job in downtown Rochester.  There are flowers in bloom along most of the main streets.  If they are not planted in gardens or around trees, they are planted in large concrete planters. The lillies were particularly stunning today.

Rochester was also once known as The Flour City, and more recently as The Flower City.  Rochester “quickly became known as the Flour City, based on the numerous flour mills which were located along waterfalls on the Genesee in what is now the Brown’s Race area of downtown Rochester.”  By 1850, “Westward expansion had moved the focus of farming to the Great Plains and Rochester’s importance as the center for flour milling had declined. Several seed companies in Rochester had grown to become the largest in the world, with Ellwanger & Barry Nursery Co. the largest. Rochester’s nickname was changed from the Flour City to the Flower City.”