Today, I visited Cutler Botanic Gardens in Binghamton, New York to enjoy their day lily collection. It was a beautiful summer day in upstate New York, and this garden called to me.
Enjoy the flowers first, and then I have a story to tell you.
Does this remind you of a harvest sky? That is this lily's name.
And now, I have a story to tell you about the power of flowers.
This morning, when I clicked on Facebook, I was faced with a video Facebook made for me. It was to celebrate a Facebook friendship anniversary - eight years. There was only one problem. The friend has since crossed the bridge to - what, we won't know until we cross that bridge ourselves.
Then, Facebook told me it was the birthday of three of my friends. One of them - yes, you guessed it. She died suddenly, last year.
As it happens, lilies are symbolic of funerals. They symbolize innocence restored to the soul of the deceased.
I don't quite know what to make of this. Hopefully, what it has done is made me think about my two late friends, and the meanings they gave to my life. Daylilies, each flower of which blooms only for a single day, teach us that life is fleeting, and is made to be enjoyed. And, it is about time I thanked all the volunteers who bring the rest of us the beauty of the Cutler Botanic Gardens.
Thank you, volunteers. Thank you for the beauty you bring us.
And, for life, thank you for this day, and for the technology that permits me to share this beauty with you, my readers.
Day 9 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.