Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mosaic Monday: Grandma's Tiger Lilies


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
When my husband and I first married, we were so poor that we moved in with his grandparents on the family farm where he had grown up. He went to work for his dad farming. We lived there when our first daughter Heather was born. Needing our own space, we moved to the Congregational Church parsonage in Ault. My father-in-law paid our rent as part of my husband's farm salary. We lived in the big two story Victorian house for nine months when the church hired a new minister who wanted to live in the parsonage, so we moved to the Baptist Church parsonage down the street. We there about 18 months when the farm finances became so tight that we had to move back to the farm. By then grandma has passed and our second daughter was on the way. Eventually we bought a home in Pierce, Colorado--just up the road from the farm. We lived there for 12 years. Wanting a larger home, we moved down the road from the farm back to Ault (population 1,000), where we lived for 18 years. Two years ago we moved to the Garden Spot just a little further down the road, half a mile maybe. Along with us, I have moved a small clump of tiger lilies that were Grandma Martha's garden on the farm to each one of our gardens. 

The tiger lilies are hardy and dependable and always provide a great show of blooms, even after being newly transplanted. When I dug them up this time, I was able to share some bulbs with the girls and even left a few stragglers in the old garden where I hope the new owners will enjoy them too, but doubtful, since they mowed down my roses and planted sod.

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9 comments:

  1. Ann, I don't why but I feel as if I have read this story before. Have you published this story anywhere else?

    I don't have tiger lilies but I love them so much, I have bought a bouquet of tiger lilies as a present years ago.

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  2. Plants with memories are the best. Beautiful mosaic. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  3. I love Lilies and have some lily trees in the garden which last summer gave a wonderful display. Lovely mosaic, have a good week, Jackie.

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  4. Oh how wonderful! I carry plants along with me in my moves too. Hopefully we're done! Wonderful story,
    Kathy

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  5. Hello Ann,
    I have shared your blog in my Inspired by YOU post.
    You can find it here -
    http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
    Hope you enjoy it and the others!
    Kathy

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  6. I miss my tiger lilies from our Illinois home. I'll just have to plant some more here.

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  7. So nice that you get to bring them with you. And such a beautiful flower too

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  8. Mother-what a lovely story of a plant through the generations of our family. It actually brought tears to my eyes. I know all of those places where we lived and I remember them all-a couple of them just barely. They carry the heart of great-grandma with her. May they never pass...

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  9. I hope you planted yours, Heather.

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