Calla Lilies have long been a favorite of mine.
There is something about their simple elegance
That draws me in.
They remind me somehow of Audrey Hepburn
I didn’t even try them in my garden
For the longest time.
The catalogs said they weren’t hardy
In my zone.
And I steer away from anything
That has to be dug in the fall.
It’s all I can do to get everything buried
Let alone start digging things up.
But several years ago I decided
To give it a try.
After all in my gardening lifetime
I’ve gone from a zone 6
And now we are Zone 7.
Not good news for the planet for sure.
But it has meant that I can leave more things
In the ground come time for a freeze
And now Calla Lilies
Seem to survive our winters.
The first few years
Were mostly foliage.
Which is fun
Since their foliage
Like a child’s freckled nose.
Then I began to get a few flowers.
Which I have loved
But seldom cut.
Cut flowers don’t last as long
As when they are still connected
To their mother plant.
So I’ve just loved them in the garden
Rather than in a vase.
Then came this year.
All the patches of Callas I’ve spread
Throughout the shady parts of my garden
Over the years
One plant has bloomed out of it’s mind
NINE blooms so far.
I’m still not cutting any.
I just like them in their natural state.
Some things simply like to be
I have days like that!
I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.