Tiger Lilies

Every year I look forward to lily time, and these are my favorite. I don’t know their real name. In our family, these are Grandma’s Tiger Lilies.

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Grandma’s Tiger Lily


This is Grandma in 1930 at age 18. I see my mom in her.


Anna Burger Age 18


This is Grandma and Grandpa holding a baby me in 1963. Grandma & Grandpa

And this is Grandma with her siblings in 1978. They are all gone now.Grandma & SibsThis picture was taken on Grandma’s farm in Fawn Grove, PA. This is where the tiger lilies came from. My mom took some (as she is wont to do) and made them a part of her yard. When I moved here 22 years ago, she shared, as she is also wont to do.


DSC_0024 (2)They are tall; many of them are well over my 5 feet 7 inches.

DSC_0021I’ve planted them everywhere.

DSC_0077I want to have plenty to share with my children.  And grandchildren . . .

26 thoughts on “Tiger Lilies

  1. Oh, this is just lovely – it brought a little tear to my eye! What a wonderful family you have about you, whether in the flesh or spirit or flower 🙂 And a garden full of lilies is not a bad thing either! This must be a little delight in the Year of Jodie!!

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    • Oh, thank you so much, Judy. I do take special care of Grandma’s lilies. At first I had them all in a clump, but one year moles (or something) got after them and hardly any were left. Since then I have made a point to put them everywhere. I do think she approves.

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  2. I came to see what you’re up to and oh my ! Your garden is huge and really pretty! You’re blessed to have inherited plants. I can’t think of anything nicer. We used to live in the country and I had a lovely, mature, perennial garden. Unfortunately the new owner tore it out for 5th wheel parking. Garden’s that live on are so special 😀

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  3. How very nice to have shared your story about your granny’s lilies with us dear Jodie, I have enjoyed enormously. Thank you and what a wonderful story. I won’t look at those lilies anymore without thinking of you and your grandmother.

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  4. I have some plants that a family friend gave to me when I was a child. Or I have their descendants. I love having plants from other people. Your garden looks fabulous, and your family pictures reminded me of mine. I loved the cornfield in the background of the sibling picture. And the one of you with your grandparents is so universal–and yet quintessentially of a time and place.

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    • Oh, thank you for such lovely comments. I am just recently paying attention to how many plants have been shared with me and how special that makes them. It’s really nice to hear that other people care about the same things.

      Re: Grandma’s farm – I used to pull the hammock next to the grape arbor (both visible in the sibs photo.) I’d rock and eat the grapes, which were part sweet and part sour and very GRAPE.

      And I love that photo of my grandparents. Grandma is just thrilled with me and Grandpa is very pleased with me but not so pleased about the photo, I am thinking.

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