I’m just in from walking my back gardens, and the blackberry lilies are getting ready to bloom. It’s always fun to watch new buds turn to flowers, but this plant excites me. There is something special about its flower, like it is hiding a secret to reveal later.

My first blackberry lily was given to me by my friend, Valerie, years ago. As I always say, my garden is a gift basket of plants from friends, and I love it. Watching the plants grow is a reminder of friendships that have also grown over the years.

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