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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Planting our Lilly Memorial Garden

After Lilly died in December, I decided I wanted to have a garden with lily flowers in her memory. So I bought my daughter T. and I both used copies of a book on lily flowers. Wow - there is a huge variety!

We found a couple packs of lily bulbs at the store recently and bought them. We got star gazer lilies, oriental lilies, and a pack of assorted Asiatic lilies.

There are so many varieties of lilies we've seen in plant catalogs that we'd like to try planting, but it's probably best to start small and add to the garden each year.

Yesterday my husband tilled a patch of our yard for the garden, right next to our butterfly garden. Today I hoed the dirt and T. helped plant the lily bulbs. Then my husband put down a light covering of mulch, and put a little fence around it.

We put a memory stone at the front of the garden. I will be on the lookout for some angel and cherub statues to nestle in once the flowers start to grow. I really hope that the flowers do well! We don't know a lot about growing flowers so everything we do is a bit of an experiment.

Today's last picture shows an Easter lily that is growing. For the last two Easter's we've gotten an Easter lily plant. After enjoying it inside for awhile, we plant it outside. I'm so excited to see the two we've planted coming back up this year! The one in the picture is the one we got last year when we had Lilly with us. It makes me smile and I think of her wearing her bunny ear hat.

"My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies." - Song of Solomon 6:2-3


  1. looking forward to seeing the lily garden if bloom.
    the memory stone looks nice with it.

  2. I like this! Gardening is my therapy and I hope it helps you as much as it helps me. hugs.

  3. What a beautiful idea! I hope you will share pictures of the garden blooming. I praise the Lord for how He has manifested and blossomed such creativity even in the midst of sadness. I have a question for you also as the Lord has reminded me of your journey...Lord willing, my mother will be coming to my house after a long recovery following surgery. She can only have a liquid diet for several weeks. Do you think any of your suggestions on feeding Lilly could work with an adult? She is not needing to gain weight but has a lot of other issues. I'd love any input from Thank you sister in Christ for sharing your many gifts with so many! <3

  4. I love the idea of a Lilly garden, I hope they bloom soon:-)