Green Hope Springs Eternal

by Stefani on 15-February-2010

So one day, … oh ’round about Christmastime… I was doing dishes and looked out my kitchen window.

And then my heart just sank.

Remember Momo’s Daylilies? Remember how very much they meant to me? Well they were wilted and brown and horrendously flopped over, dead as doornails.

My Granny said that I couldn’t kill them, but I had.

Oh I knew I could get more. Granny has tons in her yard still and I’d just have to beg some more and try again next year. I was so disappointed in myself though. So disappointed, that I hadn’t even told her yet that I’d killed them. Here I had this little piece of my history, this little bit of all I hold dear, and I’d done something wrong.

Was I supposed to wrap them or mulch them or something? I don’t remember what happened to the day lillies in winter. What had my mom and grandmother and great grandmother done to protect them? Was this something I was supposed to know? I probably should have asked, but I didn’t.

Day Liliy's Return

Then, a couple of weeks ago I noticed the green. They’re returning. They’re still alive! It’s been days and days now and they just keep getting bigger… greener… more real every day. I’m sure other people knew that would happen, but I didn’t. I’ve never been able to keep a green thing alive this long, so it is a real honest to goodness triumph.

I’m telling you, wonders never cease. The first time I noticed those green sprouts, I knelt down right there in my front yard like a complete lunatic and cried. I laughed too, and told my great grandmother to look, “Look here, Momo! I didn’t kill them! Your flowers are going to bloom bright as ever this spring!”

Every time I look out that kitchen window now my heart does little flip flops because it’s true, it’s really true… life goes on, and spring comes again, and Momo’s day lilies will bloom once more.

lora February 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

And now I’m crying, too. I know JUST what you are talking about. I had a similar experience, to my knees with tears of peace and joy triumph, a few years ago. 🙂
Great story. Beautiful green life.
Looking SO forward to spring here in WI.
Thank you again, for a good morning read. 🙂

elissa February 16, 2010 at 7:29 am

thanks for the reminder about spring…. it’s so long away still here, but you’re right, it WILL come. and, chances are, there will be a whole lot of stuff that i managed not to kill coming back up too! 😉

melissa February 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

s, I have some (a lot) of my great grandmother’s daylilies, too. you CAN. NOT. kill them. Can. Not. Mine are so tenacious that I can dig them up but leftover tubers in the ground spring back up. They make me very happy. xo

Stefani February 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

My Granny swore that even *I* could not kill them…. I’m beginning to believe it!

Sarah :: greenclogs February 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

Yay!!! I remember being horrified at things dying and then so pleased when they came back when I had my first garden. I really miss gardening. It’s just not fun in Arizona.

Stefani February 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Well I haven’t had much luck with it here in Texas either… But I may have just found the plant will change the color of my thumb 🙂

Mama Urchin February 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

Someday we’ll see green but it won’t be for a while. And you did just the right thing for your daylilies, left them alone.

Stefani February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

You know I’ve heard tell that some things are better left alone… I just didn’t know it applied to day lillies! Wishing you green!

Debi February 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

My sons used to “accidentally” mow down my lilies (didn’t want to that the time to mow around them) and they always came back bigger and better than ever… they are indestructible!

Stefani February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Really? You can even mow them down? Amazing!

Alida February 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

I moved from So California (where spring and summer are the only two seasons, really.) to Oregon. My first year in Oregon, I spent much of the year preparing and planting my beautiful garden. I cried when everything died in fall and winter. This never happens in California. Roses bloom year round with the exception of December. Now, I know and it’s like sunshine when the bright yellow daffodils pop up in dreary, wet February.

Stefani February 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Well I can’t say it’s ever happened to me before… Most everything I’ve ever planted is supposed to die at the end of the season. I do have irises but they stay green year ’round. Who knew?
I have a feeling that, like you, I’ll be waiting for the returning green each February now. Happy yellow blooms to you!

Sarah February 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

This little glimmer of Spring brings the excitement to my heart that perhaps one day soon, the snow will melt away here in Indiana and we’ll actually remember what it was like to feel the warmth of the sun and see the green of the grass.

Dianne@sheepdreams February 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

We have moved some of my husband’s grandmother’s daylilies so many times. They’ve been in about 6 or 7 places now and still going strong. Everything here is covered with snow, but I hope to see our daylilies (or anything green, really) coming up soon and giving me encouragement until spring is really here.

Miko's Girl February 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

You could spray those day lillies with Roundup accidentally and they will still come back. They are a fairly indestructible plant (even though Lightning the Golden Doodle is testing the limits of this theory by running over mine several times a day). I have tons in my yard and I will only plant things that are easy to maintain.

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