Last year, when Matt and I transplanted a lilac from beside the driveshed, I dug up a few other plants that looked like they might be something (as opposed to just being weeds). I was wishing for hollyhocks because I had found a plastic tag near them that said hollyhock. (Plus I love hollyhocks).
This year when they started to grow, I realized they were probably not hollyhocks. As they started to bud, I thought lilies, but maybe (wishfully) calla lilies? Surely they wouldn’t be ubiquitous day lilies, would they? (Not my favourite flower, honestly).
Well, they are day lilies, but they’re a bit special. They’re two-toned, which is kind of cool.
A bunch of lilies still in their nursery pots were among the plants we inherited from the previous owners. I stuck them in the ground last year, and they’ve done super well.
There’s the orange sherbert (again, I’m not the hugest fan of this version).
The lemon sherbert is a bit more palatable.
Then we of course have what I classify as regular orange day lilies.
The late bloomers that have come on in just the last week are these dark red ones. I actually like these quite a lot.
But the star of the show is one special lily. Yes, this an Easter lily. I stuck it in the ground last year. And this year, after doing nothing (except having a close call with Wiley), it’s blooming. In fact, it’s bloomed so big that the second blossom has split open.
The success of our lilies makes me think I may not have such a black thumb after all. Or else lilies thrive when neglected.
As the lilies are growing in the garden, they’re also starting to grow on me. I think I actually like them. I know for sure that there is one type of lily that I’d really like to add to our garden.
Growing up, we had two clumps of tiger lilies in our backyard (basically day lilies with spots). My Mom had transplanted them from her family’s farm where she spent childhood summers. The tiger lilies eventually got squeezed out of the garden, but I’m hoping I might be able to find some for our farm. For now, I get my tiger lily fix from a plate painted by my great grandmother that lives in my Mom’s china cabinet.
I’m hoping I can find some tiger lilies to add to our farm. Sentimentality always wins out for me.
Do you have lilies growing at your house? Are you a fan? Any suggestions for a source for tiger lilies?