Today’s post is one that explains why I have been using the picture on the left as my profile picture for the last year or so. This is a picture of pretty pink daylilies. And the name of this particular daylily is “Janice Brown daylily.” Those of you who know me well, know that my maiden name is Janice Brown!
I came across these quite by accident on day several years ago when a client told me about how he had googled his name and what came up had surprised him. I thought it was a neat idea at the time and googled my own name. Imagine my delight at the sight of these beautiful daylilies that bear the name I grew up with! Of course, they were not really named for me, but for the person, Janice Brown, who cultivated them. But I felt an instant connection.
Not only are these beauties a lovely two-toned pink, they are prolific bloomers, and are so hard working that they bloom a second time! Wow! Both beautiful and hard working! Need I say more?
I was so enchanted that I immediately ordered some for my garden. I have them planted in a pot that sits directly below my statue of Our Lady of Grace in my courtyard garden. This statue of Our Lady is original to the house. This house was built in 1964. So the statue is quite old (almost as old as me!) It was seeing this statue falling over in the midst of overgrown bushes that made me know that this was the house for me! The original owners had died off and their children were selling the house, but it had not been lived in for many months. Seeing Our Lady falling over into the bushes like that made me know that I had to rescue her. I wanted to create a beautiful garden for her, and put her in the place of honor that she deserved. I knew that I would take care of her, and she would take care of me!
Daylilies are so named because their flower lasts but only a day! But for that day, the flower is magnificent! Scripture mentions these lilies as being arrayed even more beautifully than Solomon in all his robes. The point being made is that if God so generously arrays a flower that is here today and gone tomorrow; think what more He will do for you!
The short life of the daylily flower is a story both sad and joyful at the same time. When I first learned of these beautiful flowers’ short life, I will admit that it did seem very sad to me. In fact, it was hard for me to believe because the plants are so prolific, flowers keep appearing for days on end. So while it is true that each flower lasts only a day, what joy and beauty that flower brings with it as long as it blooms! Daylilies bring such glory to God in their short and humble lives!
What a life lesson! I am given this life for only a short while. Let me use my life to bring joy and beauty to this world. Let me use my life to bring glory to God! Let me never forget that in God’s glorious garden, I am among the lilies of the field!