I was poking around over at Tangerine Tabby Designs and came across Lisa’s post about day lilies. Lisa and I met nearly a year ago along with several classmates from the 2011 Flying Lessons e-course (my Fly Tribe). Since then, I have enjoyed snooping around her blog. Her glass creations especially send my heart flying.
A picture from the Texas Fly Tribe’s first meeting after finishing our class. We were shy a few creative Texans, but I felt impressed with the turn out (from September 2011). Clockwise from the left hand corner Christina Fajardo, Ann Marie, Amy Hillenbrand, Sofia Dabalsa, Rose Duncan, Lisa Stamper Meyer, and me.
Oh, but back to the day lilies. Soon after I met my artist hubby, Eric, he introduced me to his grandmother, Granny Tot. She was a spirited woman, well known around her home town and those close by as the Day Lily Lady. She didn’t just enjoy planting and tending day lilies, she hybridized them as well. According to my husband, she enjoyed cross-pollenating the flowers to create adaptations in size, shape, and especially color.
Recently, while going through some of Eric’s things, we came across a painting he had done as a young boy. The subject is of a day lily and a small frog. A few days later while visiting with my aunt, she told me that she had day lilies from my mother and another sister (both who have passed). Seems a love of day lilies runs on both sides of the family.
I will end this with my very favorite story told about Granny Tot’s day lilies. According to Eric, Tot had a small yellow lily she had cultivated. She named it Bitsy. (Seems naming the new breed of lilies was part of her fascination and passion.) She cross-fertilized Bitsy with another lily to create a new flower all-together. The tiny brown and yellow lily’s name: Son of Bitsy. I told you, she was spirited.
Isn’t it fun how snooping around the web can awaken such dear connections?!