It's already been several weeks since a few of my neighbors (that I know casually) and I were standing in my driveway when one of them asked me if I'd like to have her Crinum Lilies. Yes, she has more than one and she was offering them to me. Just like that. I mean, we were talking gardening, but she had no way of knowing that I had long admired her Queen Emmas from a distance and had been on the search for one of my own. Mature Crinums are rather pricey.
Above is one of them in her shady front yard. It has at least 10 pups growing from the side as well. She has one more large Queen Emma which is the dark foliage variety and one Crinum asiaticum which is the all-green one. The flower on the QE is always a deep magenta with lavender hues. All white flowers are produced by the asiaticum.
Needless to say, I was astounded and energized all at once by her offer. I asked her to give me a little time to create just the right place for the two Queen Emmas. The first one has enthusiastically been moved to make quite an imposing centerpiece in an area I've been renovating in the back garden. I've dug up lots of sod and made more pathways and plantings. It's a project I was working on before she made her offer.
Right now it is all I see when I walk to the back garden. I'm sure I'll get used to it but I find myself just standing and staring at it for long moments in awe of my neighbor's generosity and in awe of the statement it adds. And bonus: although it's in the distance it is in straight view from my kitchen window, too.
Aren't gardeners the most generous people! Did I mention I have THE best neighbors! I'm blessed beyond measure.
Stay tuned ... we still have to move the second one.