|Poppy keeps Papa Mac's Chair warm for me.|
The Papa Mac Garden can be seen from the Papa Mac Chair, the recliner that had belonged to my Dad, who was referred to by his grand kids as "Papa Mac." His name wasn't Mac. It was Al. Mac was his West Highland White Terrier. The family tradition of differentiating grandparents by their dogs' names began with my nephew Jason, who lived with his mom (my sister) and Tootsie Grandma, named for my Grandmother's dog, Tootsie. Both Tootsie Grandma (my grandma) and Papa Mac liked dogs and they liked flowers.
The Papa Mac Garden is the last one I see before it gets dark, as I'm settling into the Papa Mac Chair to watch a movie. I love the way white or pale-colored flowers practically glow at dusk and so I've chosen the lilies accordingly.
|Lilium 'Porcelain Doll'|
Perhaps slightly earlier than 'Porcelain Doll' is 'Silver Angel', a fragrant trumpet hybrid that can reach up to six feet tall when mature. For its first season, however, it should be three to four feet. Its bloom season is listed as July.
|Lilium 'Silver Angel'|
I'm picturing a warm day in mid-July, with low humidity and enough of a breeze out of the south-southwest to carry the scent of the lilies blooming in the Papa Mac Garden. It won't begin to get dark until around 8, the day and the dark-colored blooms fading slowly as the white flowers take on a luminescence that my Dad would have loved to see as he sat in his chair.