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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Birth and Decay, Life and Death

Old First Presbyterian Cemetery, Greensboro Historical Museum, Downtown Greensboro.

Can anyone tell me what kind of flower this is? I should know but I don't.

The Old First Presbyterian Graveyard behind what is now the Greensboro Historical Museum has been cleaned up and renovated including the addition of lots of plants and flowers. It is a lovely and quiet place to sit and read or just reflect. It is hard not to imagine the living faces and voices behind the names on the grave stones, and to reflect on one's own mortality; yet, the walled garden effect is peaceful more than sobering.

2 comments:

Sugar Magnolia said...

Down east we called them "spider lillies" though I don't know proper name. They shoot straight up from a bulb and blossom and later get the leaves.

Anonymous said...

I have heard the lilies called resurrection lilies. The brick wall dates to 1956; before then, it was seasoned white-oak surrounding the former churchyard.