There have been some requests to keep people updated on the progress of my mother's tiger lilies, so I thought I'd write a separate blog post dedicated to them.
Some background:Â My grandmother grew tiger lilies.Â I remember when I was a little girl how her tiger lily patch with their bright orange blooms speckled with little black specks seemed magical.Â After my grandmother died, my mother started growing them as a tribute to Grammy and they still had that same magic even though I was now viewing them as an adult.
On July 4, 2011, my mother passed away.Â A year later, my Dad decided to move to my little town to be closer to us.Â During the move, my sister and I started talking about whether or not it would be possible to re-locate the tiger lilies and called our project "Operation Tiger Lily".Â The day we were loading the moving van, the tiger lily bulbs were dug up and placed in large plastic bags for the trip to their new home.
It was the wrong time of year to dig them up and we worried that they wouldn't survive.Â By the time I got around to planting them a week later, they were looking rather sickly, but it was one of those "nothing ventured, nothing gained" moments.
Early this spring, I started looking for sprouts and finally one day found a few
starting to poke out of the ground.Â Whew!Â They'd made it through the winter.
In early April, they were about six inches tall:
They didn't seem to do much over the next few weeks, maybe because we had a cold snap here.
Then...out of nowhere...they went nuts!
Here they are a week ago:
And, here they are yesterday:
Aren't they beautiful?
Someday, when she's in a position to do so, my sister will take some of the bulbs to put in her own garden.Â It's a hard thing to explain, but knowing that my mother tended these with her hands and my sister and I are now tending to the same bulbs seems like a living connection between the generations.Â The tigers represent the circle of life in that they will die back this summer, but will return in the Spring and repeat that cycle year after year.Â It's possible that long after I'm gone, the tigers will still be putting on their yearly appearance for others to enjoy.
Operation Tiger Lily has been declared by sis and I as Mission Accomplished!