Day 214: tiger lily

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


It’s funny how the garden of your childhood stays with you – so close that sometimes you feel you could open a door and step straight into it. Just beyond the kitchen door of the house I grew up in, leaning precariously over the path in such a way as to threaten your clothes with their deep orange pollen which nothing could shift, tall dark stems of orange-flowered lilies lolled about each summer. Referred to by us as ‘turks cap lilies’, I wonder now if they were tiger lilies or martagon lilies, but I think they’re pretty likely to have been very similar to the Lilium lancifolium var. fortunei I found in the borders of the Peacock Garden at Great Dixter, beneath a venerable pear tree. Thankfully, far enough back from the path to pose no threat to the threads.

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