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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Grandma's Rain lilies


My Grandmother A lived in Sanger, California...a small town near Fresno if you know where that is. When I think of that area I always think of driving down a two lane highway with orange groves on both sides as far as you could see. Grandma had a screened in back porch where she kept her flowers. One of the flowers she had there was a Rain Lily. When she died somewhere around 1975 my cousin Carol took Grandma's Rain Lily home with her. Carol visited me this spring and when her husband came to pick her up he brought two Rain Lilies her sister and my cousin, Patty, had potted for my sister and me. I put them on a small table beside my front door in a courtyard area which gets sun only in the middle of the day but shade most of the time. Today they bloomed!

From Grandma to Carol and Patty to Sherry and me and, someday, hopefully on to our children. Isn't that a wonderful legacy?

14 comments:

Amelia said...

I have never heard of them...but must say they produce a very pretty flower.

The history behind these plants is what makes them special.

I was thinking the other day about the flowers/plants I have gotten from other people. They are much more special than the ones I went out and purchasd.

Coming from someone just adds to their appeal.

Stay cool.

Amelia

Milah said...

That is so cool. I wish I had some of my granny's plants. I think it's neat living on my husbands families homestead, I get to reap the harvest of their hard work with the fruit trees and grapes. They are gone now but the trees still bare fruit.

Needled Mom said...

Yes, it is a wonderful legacy. I have a couple of plants from my grandmother that I cherish.

Marilyn R said...

I have not seen a Rain Lily before, but it sure is a beautiful one! I have some plants that my Mother gave to me that I treasure so I know how precious these plants are to you.

Salem Stitcher said...

That is wonderful. It's like getting a visit from your grandma, isn't it?

Phyllis said...

I love those little plants and had them in my yard before I moved here. I didn't bring any with me and sure wish I had. They seem to be hard to find around here!

Sunna Reyr said...

A beautiful flower and a beautiful legacy. I have one flower (indoors) from my father which he took of his plant and potted for me 26 years ago. It's precious.

Valerie said...

How neat! Yes this is very special. I can just imagine. I get excited when my african violet that my Mom gave me blooms. These are just beautiful.

Susannah said...

Hi Marlene, I have never heard of these plants before. I must say they have a very pretty flower. Oh, how you must love the thought that they came from your Grandma. Isn't that wonderful?

Friends,
Susannah

Angie said...

When my dad died his grandchildren, instead of sending a wreath to his funeral, decided to get a rose named after him and a bush was planted in mum's garden in his memory. Some of the family already have cuttings from it in their own gardens but in time we will all have one.

love, Angie, xx

Sandy said...

I think that is so wonderful. I have heard them called "magic flowers", too. I wish I had some of my Grandmother's flowers. I do have some of my Mom's green plants, though.

Carol said...

I think I gave you the wrong half. Mine aren't blooming!

Grammy Staffy said...

How very lovely. I know that you will enjoy each bloom.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful legacy.

Have a great week. LOve, Lura

Dawn said...

Oh, yes -- it is a living legacy. I have a plant from both of my grandmas and it just warms my heart to water them and watch them grow.

Your blooming flowers are simply gorgeous and a reminder of your family love.