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My Mother grew these when I was a small child and I can still remember stretching to pull myself up and smell the beautiful, tiger lilies! The tones of orange and peach are my favorite colors even today and it is probably because of the love I had for this lilly as a child. My childhood home has since been demolished, but I went back and dug up the remains and still have descendants from my Mothers original flowers growing in my yard today.
Tiger lilies have a fabled background, and caring for them can bring a part of this story into your own home. Tiger lilies symbolize wealth and prosperity, and are associated with friendship in some parts of Asia. According to a Korean folk tale, once a hermit helped remove an arrow from a tiger's body. The tiger was so grateful for this help that he asked the hermit to use his powers to make them friends for eternity. The hermit agreed, and when the tiger eventually passed on, his body became a tiger lily. The hermit later drowned and his body washed away along a river. The tiger lily spread across river banks everywhere in search of his friend. You'll recognize tiger lilies as tall plants with big, bright orange flowers. They are called tiger lilies because their big orange blossoms bear tiny brown speckles and slightly resemble tiger skins. According to superstition, these brown freckles are contagious and will spread to anyone who sniffs a tiger lily.
June 23rd, 2013
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