I’m aware that these particular tiger lilies—aka ditch lilies because they often grow roadside—are considered common and invasive by professional gardeners.But to me, ditch lilies represent carefree summer childhood. And though during the rest of the year, except for October, I’m not a big fan of orange—I can’t begin to tell you how exquisite these tiger lilies look next to blue hydrangeas. Yes, they may be old-fashioned. But then again, so am I. At least when it comes to the garden.
Yet it’s hard to find these exact species in garden catalogs—because so many “experts” turn up their noses at the lily’s ditchwater roots. The lilies grow wild along the ditchbanks of many country roads throughout the United States.
It’s always bittersweet for me after a visit to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to return home. But one summer day, Mr. Billy and my husband dug up a patch of wild ditch lilies for me to take home. And now every summer when they bloom, I can imagine that once again I’m there on the Shore with dear friends and a hint of sea air on the breeze.
I like ditch flowers—which probably says a lot about my plebian tastes. When I think of autumn I think of another flower I love for which Honey develops a fondness per Sawyer’s ever-so-romantic gestures in Coast Guard Sweetheart—brown-eyed Susans.
Here’s to beautiful flowers—like the wonderful people also—who grace our lives.
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