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LILIES GALORE

I have always loved Lilies.

Don’t really know why.

There is no great “Lily memory”

Or “Lily moment”

That comes to mind.

But, since I have become a gardener

I have always had Lilies.

It likely began when Elliott’s friend David’s mother Esther

Got that…

Gave me a start of Tiger Lilies.

The tall stately orange Lily with deep brown spots.

Unfortunately they were a bit invasive for my space

So I left them behind in my old garden.

I did however bring a Daylily of Esther’s

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That has filled a space between my house

And Torry next door. 

It too seems to spread beyond

The space I am willing to give it.

But it’s a great bit of mid summer orange

That we both enjoy.

Walking through my garden this week

I’ve realized how many different kinds of Lilies

Have come to call this place home.

Most of these like some shade during the day

So they are dotted throughout my garden

Enjoying the part sun, part shade it offers.

Perhaps the best known is the Daylily.

My season begins with the miniature Stella d Ora.

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It allegedly re-blooms but this year I was slow

In deadheading it so the second round of buds

Are just beginning to show. 

And let’s be clear about this re-blooming thing.

No matter what the plant

No matter what the promise

The second round of blooms

Is always much less of a show

Than the first…at least at my house.

Other Daylilies have been given to me

By my friend Madeline

When she over-bought on a trip down south.

Imagine that !!!

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Daylilies are just that.

Each bloom lasts a day

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But the stems of mature plants

Have lots of buds

Giving weeks of dotted bloom.

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Moving a little deeper into the shade

I find Calla Lilies.

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Not really supposed to be perennial here in zone 7B

But I chance it

And they reward me well.

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They are well protected from winter

Since they are buried deep in my garden

Nested under trees.

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Then there are the show offs.

Orientals.

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They are tall

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Fragrant

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Glorious

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And finicky.

Most don’t return the next year

At my house.

But fortunately

They aren’t too expensive

So I plant a few each fall.

Hoping to some day find the one variety

That wants to move here

On a permanent basis.

Lily diversity.

It gives me weeks of Lily pleasure

In mid summer.

Diversity.

It’s good for my garden.

Good for the earth.

Good for the soul.

It’s just plain good!

Gail

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MIRACLES

This morning’s sermon was about miracles.

A reminder of those familiar Bible stories

And a challenge to think about miracles

In life today.

For gardeners this is not really a challenge.

We spend our time observing nature

Digging in the dirt

(Sorry Daddy – soil)

And watching what are for me

Miracles everyday.

Who among us can turn this

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into this?

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Plant a seed or plant

and you end up with this…

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or this…

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or this…

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It can’t possibly be what we do.

I for one, can’t even imagine how this happens

Yet it does.

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Year after year.

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Now there are weeds along the way.

This particular season it seems to be

Crab grass in my garden

And there are years when

Things don’t go as we hope and plan.

For instance it’s another year of limited hydrangea blooms.

But all in all

The miracles are there

Every day.

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We just have to stop

And look

And open ourselves to see them

Everywhere.

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Gail

 

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LARKSPUR – THE NEW BLACK

Most women own way too many black clothes

I am among them

But we all know that black “goes with everything”

And it does.

So every time the fashion industry

Wants to sell a new color

They dub it

“The New Black”

I’ve decided that larkspur

Is the new

And the old

Black of the garden.

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It truly does go with everything.

This spring is an amazing example.

I’ve been a little under the weather since the first of May

Very little time has been spent in the garden

As a result every single seed that dropped last spring.

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Has bloomed and bloomed.

Never got around to thinning

Or just plain murdering

All that volunteer larkspur.

I’ve been cutting away at it

Making arrangements when needed.

But it hasn’t made a dent.

It’s everywhere

And it’s thick.

Some paths are impassable.

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But it’s true.

It goes with everything.

Now we all know that purple and yellow

Are a great combination.

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Being “secondary” cousins on the color wheel and all.

But it’s also great with pink roses

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And crisp white lilies

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And softer shades of yellow

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And the more golden ones.

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So when I was forced to the gardening sidelines in early May

And the A team took over

God knew exactly what to do.

Let the larkspur have its way.

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Spread it everywhere

Bringing cheer and happiness to every corner.

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Once again

Gardening echoes life

Or does life echo gardening?

Step aside – pull back – relax

God’s got it covered.

Gail

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