Lee Bailey, in his glorious book ‘Country Flowers’ (which taught me more about gardening, and life, than just about anything else), mentioned that he actually got Easter lilies to grow in his garden after being given a pot of them for their namesake holiday. When I planted one out in the garden, it never came back. Yet another example of how Mr. Bailey was a far better man than me. The lilies seen here are the classic Stargazer, as given to us by my friend JoAnn. Their fragrance is far more potent than the Easter lily, and the color clearly more vibrant than the Easter lily’s plain white. In our garden, we have one or two Stargazers that do come back, year after year, but since they’re so ubiquitous I don’t pay them much attention, nor amend their soil as I should. As such, they don’t multiply or put on the greatest show. That’s my failing though, and this year I may rectify that with some well-deserved pampering. Anything that survives the bulb-eating denizens of our back-yard for this long has earned some better treatment.
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