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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Surpise Tiger Lily!

I got up this morning, poured myself a cup of coffee, and stood sipping it while looking out of the kitchen window. A spot of bright orange beside the driveway caught my eye, and it turned out to be a Tiger Lily! We've lived in this house for four summers now, but a few scattered daylilies are the only kind that ever bloomed here. Of course I ran and grabbed the camera.

This is actually a Turk's Caps Lily (Lilium superbum) but one of it's common names is the American Tiger Lily. That's the name I grew up with. They are a species of true lily, native to eastern and central North America, and are only available on a limited basis in nurseries. My grandma grew them a long time ago, but you rarely seem to see them these days. They've always been a particular favorite of mine.

I thought that after four years, I'd seen all of the flowers left over from the days when a little old lady owned the house. What a happy surprise this was to wake up to!


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    1. I love the vivid orange color--and the freckles!

  2. I never thought about finding tiger lilies in a nursery - I guess I thought they were like their name, wild and untameable.

    1. You can order bulbs from some nurseries! :)

  3. What a stunner!!! Oh my goodness, that is beautiful. The vintage gal in me wants to tuck it in my hair sooo badly, but of course I'd never plunk a gorgeous bloom like this when their faux variety can be had. How special that you get to enjoy a vibrant pumpkin hued tiger lily this summer.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you deeply for your beautiful comment and birthday wishes today. I too know that we'd hit it off fabulously in person and like to think that maybe, just maybe, we'll get the chance to meet one day (Tony and I do dream of getting an RV and traveling across North America at some distant point in the future, so it could happen).

    *PSS* How are you doing post-surgery? I've thought of you often, knowing how rough my own recovery and ensuing development of PCS was, and have been hoping dearly that you're doing worlds better on that front than I did,

    1. I do hope we get to meet one day! Gregg and I would love to travel northward someday, so you just never know! You are always welcome if you travel to this area, and oh! how you would love Charleston, SC!!

      I am doing GREAT post surgery! I feel sooo much better now with my gallbladder out! I have been very fortunate and have not had any negative side effects at all! Thanks for asking!

      Happy Birthday, sweet lady!

  4. That is a very beautiful flower, love the angle you have taken the photographs from too :)