Garden Surprise

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Every spring for the last six years, a single lily in my back garden pushes up through the warming ground, reaching skyward toward the sun.

Every year it tries to grow tall; every year it fails.  I don’t know why, and perhaps I should have put the poor thing out of its misery years ago.

But I didn’t.  I couldn’t bring myself to pull him up.

This year was no different.  A month or so ago I began to see the first signs that my little lily was going to give it a go again this year.  I gave it props for its persistence, but I knew how this story would end – without anything to show for its trouble.  I thought about pulling it up.

I didn’t.

Last week I went out into the backyard and discovered a big fat bulging bud on the end of a ridiculously thin stalk.   It wobbled around in the wind like a bobble-head.   Again, I gave the little thing props for trying, but I didn’t think it would last.  How could it, it had never bloomed before.

So, imagine my surprise when I peered out into the growing light this morning and discovered this:

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