Day Lily Days

The shelves at the garden center are almost empty. Only leggy, ragged plants with roots packed into their little containers like leftover spaghetti, remain. I wonder what’s next? Chrysanthemums and pumpkins? But wait – it’s only early July! Time for harvesting lettuce, maybe tomatoes if you were an early planter without greedy pests. At my place, there’s basil tucked behind my makeshift fence. Also arugula, thyme, oregano and cilantro. I picked up some new guinea impatiens – never my favorite but the only flower the groundhog ignored. I buy five at a dollar each. Walking out of the greenhouses past the once full space, now left only with boxwood and hydrangea shrubs, a tiny knot of sadness pinches my stomach.

I was in high school when I first registered a sense of melancholy around time. Not because I was happy and wanted the days to slow. I recognize now, I had long felt invisible at home and this probably inspired my urgency to capture my days. I filled journals, recording events, scrawling my angst and bad poems. I drew. I played music. Art gave me a sense of being able to own time. In creating, I felt I might claim it, especially in writing. It was as if unless I wrote about something in my life it did not exist.

The faded flowers in the picked over garden center triggered a flash of familiar poignancy. The sweetest seasons pass in a blink. In every perfumed inhale of lilacs, pinch of mint, nip of autumn air, I sense the finite. How many chances at such pleasure we get remains a mystery and too many I have loved long lost theirs. I want the daffodils of spring to last a little longer but appreciate the day lilies, rough and ready in a sprawling, wild summer explosion, a better reminder to seize today.

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7 Responses to Day Lily Days

  1. THere are all kinds of lilies – we can be day lilies one day and tiger lilies the next. Maybe even stargazers…

  2. jcareyreads says:

    Love this: Art gave me a sense of being able to own time.

  3. J.D. Riso says:

    Art is a way to imprint ourselves on our world. Like love, it gives life meaning.

  4. leasyl says:

    A beautiful, wistful, sensory piece and the photographs are lovely. It was a JOY to see you the other day! XXOO

  5. Tricia says:

    Indeed! I hope your life is full of both now.

  6. I really enjoyed this. The line about art giving us a sense of being able to own time really resonated. In a way art takes me out if time, to a timeless place. How freeing when feeling that melancholy that comes with time passing too quickly. I feel that at the end of every summer. But I also loved the description of your garden
    I could almost smell and taste it. What a lovely place it seems to be.

  7. Tricia says:

    Well you’re inspiring on that count – making art like crazy! Love that you’re painting.

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