I have lots of heirloom plants from my Mother's garden, but these Spider Lilies bring back bittersweet memories. When she was in the nursing home, my Mother never stopped thinking about her garden. Once when visiting she told me it was time to dig up some of her Spider Lily bulbs to put in my yard. I had always admired their autumn beauty lining her driveway so I hoisted out the shovel.
They had multiplied wildly over the years so I found enough to festoon my yard and those of a couple of friends. Even though her health was failing, Mother was so happy knowing that I'd enjoy her Spider Lilies for years to come. She was right. Every fall I love Mother's last spectacular contribution to my garden.