It’s that time of year. The orange lilies are back!
Here in Tennessee, these beauties have gone wild. Along with thriving in gardens, these lilies are abundantly growing along the roadsides. What a beautiful sight!
“It’s June!” they announce. “Welcome to summer!”
Years ago a friend gave us some from her bountiful spread from the entrance to her driveway. “I almost wish I hadn’t planted them there,” she said. “They multiply so quickly and take over.”
Not being much of a horticulturist, to me a plant that needs little care, multiplies, and almost never dies sounded right up my alley. I was thrilled to receive them.
We planted them along a retaining wall and they were perfect there. I enjoyed those lilies so much that when we moved to another home, I wanted some more. I had another retaining wall that needed them!
And, being a hardy Tennessee volunteer, I decided to dig my own. I had spotted some growing almost hidden in a roadside area that cried out to be dug up and replanted in my yard – to be enjoyed and admired by all.
So I took my daughter with me that morning – the day of her prom, she reminds me – and we waded through the swampy ground and swatted bugs as we dug up our lilies.
They turned out to be just as sturdy and as beautiful as the ones I had before, and we enjoyed them so much in our new home. Plus they also continued to multiply in the area where we had dug them, so no harm done, right?
Now we live in yet another house. We have been there 16 years, but we have no lilies.
This time every year I see them blooming and feel them calling my name. Of course, I could go to the garden store and buy some, but where’s the fun in that?
Right now I have some other other pressing projects, so another year will probably roll around without new lilies.