“Daddy’s Daylily Bed”
I had my first grounds to contend with when my husband “kidnapped” me to live in the middle of “nowhere” in Texas, and we purchased a historic home built in 1902. The house had been vacant for over 5 years, and needed a lot of work.
Neither Ray nor I knew anything about “yard work”. What … were … we thinking?
My daddy was the avid gardener in the family. First chance he could, my dad came to Texas to assist me with the yard. Each telephone call involved inquiries about the status of the grass or of the flowers or the next step. Each visit to see us, he exclaimed about the improvement … as if we had a prize garden.
Wanting to surround myself with familiar flowers, I transplanted several varieties from South Louisiana. With each visit to family, my trunk was filled with dug-up flowers, cooked comfort foods for the freezer, and South Louisiana supplies (like coffee, French bread and seasonings). These yellow daylilies are “just regular” ones; the variety is not considered “special” but to me they are very special. I gathered daylilies from both of my parent’s yards. This year, after last summer’s horrific heat and drought, their sunny yellow faces, although smaller than usual, are a welcome sight.
I had a marker made commemorating my daddy’s life, as he passed away 4 years ago. Now the day-lily bed is fondly referred to as “My Dad’s Bed” or “Your Dad’s Bed”.
I’ve noticed the blooming time in Texas is different than the blooming time in Louisiana. The daylilies bloom in time for my birthday. Thankfully, this year is no different. The blooms arrived just in time, as if my dad is wishing me another “Happy Birthday!”
For previous Mellow Yellow Mondays
© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012
I stumbled upon Mellow Yellow Monday, whose specialty is all things yellow. Intrigued, as yellow is my favorite color, I decided to interject some “sunshine” for the winter months. With approaching spring, I still enjoy the weekly boost of yellow — so I will continue with Monday Sunshine.
Why not join in the sunshine fun?