Lilies and 'Laddin's Lamp

By Sharon
July 8, 2015

They are the ancestors of all the lovely hybrids that we enjoy in our gardens today, those wild lilies that grow freely in different parts of the world. They have different faces, different names in other places, but I was the lucky one. The beautiful Turk's Cap Lily grew wild and wonderful in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Southeast Kentucky where I grew up.

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Jul 7, 2015 6:40 PM CST
Name: Leon
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I can remember my first encounter with these. Your article reinforces my memories of seeing them in the wild. I too was a child of the woods, lakes and streams: Still am whenever I get out of the house! Thanks Sharon for a very entertaining look at some natural beauties! Truly enjoyable. Thumbs up
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Jul 7, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Thanks Leon! And thanks for those lovely photos in the database!
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Jul 7, 2015 8:26 PM CST
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As always Sharon, I love your stories--never once did I think you were rambling around in mindless chatter Smiling
(but I'll just bet that you have mindfully talked yourself out of plenty of "trouble" Hilarious! )
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Jul 7, 2015 8:38 PM CST
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Great story. It was as if you took us on a magic carpet ride! Thumbs up I was right there with you sitting at the top of the stairs. Hurray!
In my house I sat at the bottom of the stairs and read Popular Mechanics Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jul 7, 2015 8:47 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Big Grin DD! You know me too well. Thank you!

Greene, that had to be better than my dad's Field and Stream, though they did have pretty pictures. Green Grin!
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Jul 7, 2015 9:12 PM CST
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Great piece of literature Sharon!
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Jul 7, 2015 9:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Thanks J! The 'literature' part made me laugh just a little bit!
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Jul 8, 2015 3:50 AM CST
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What a wonderful story Sharon - I love taking those mountain walks with you Lovey dubby
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Jul 8, 2015 4:46 AM CST
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Sharon, your stories are always a magical excursion into the mountains. So happy when you share them with us. Smiling
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Jul 8, 2015 11:02 AM CST
Name: Sharon
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I guess the old saying is true, 'You can take the girl out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the girl.' *Blush*
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Jul 8, 2015 11:20 AM CST
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Beautiful story and beautiful photos. Shaking my acorn tree!
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Jul 8, 2015 11:34 AM CST
Name: Sharon
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Love that acorn tree, Deb, thank you!!
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Jul 8, 2015 5:46 PM CST
Name: Rita
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Oh Sharon, another of your wonderful childhood adventures! You make them so real. Thumbs up
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Jul 8, 2015 6:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Thanks Rita, to me they are about as real as can be. Smiling
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Jul 11, 2015 3:11 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Well shut mah ever-lovin' piehole. It's about merry ol' time I read something of yours, Sharon.

Thanks for the walk in the woods. Those are some of my most favorite flowers. And I now wonder, are "Turk's Cap" the same as "Tiger lilies" or is there a difference in the two? Any idea?

Great to see you still sharing your childhood, stories, knowledge, and adventures! Rock on! Or Walk On - and share some more!

Best to you and yours,
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Jul 11, 2015 3:45 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Well Shoe!! What fun to hear from you. Yep, I reckon it was 'bout time that I started writin' again. Good therapy, I think.

I believe Tiger Lilies are L lancefolium, not positive about that but think so. Turk's Cap lilies are L superbum, so there is a bit of a difference though I'm not sure what that difference is. I never liked Tiger Lilies much, I always thought they were going around trying to be Turk's Caps when they weren't. Phonies, you know Smiling

I'll be writing more, promise. My fingers didn't forget how to type at all. Big Grin

Really really great to hear from you. Hope this gardening season has been sooooo good!
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Jul 18, 2015 4:55 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Oops, my lack of ATP'ing is now evident. I haven't been online much lately so forgive my tardy Thank You/reply. Thanks for the info on the phony Turk's Cap! *grin

Hope all is well in the great state of Kentucky. And yep, keep writing, er, uh, typing.

Best to you and yours,
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Jul 18, 2015 5:11 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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All's well, Shoe, except I have to quit reading the signs on the bank. Today it said 99 degrees. Made me a whole lot hotter after I read it than before.

Stay cool over there.
Wishing you well. Group hug
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