Friday, June 24, 2011

Shower Flowers

The Rain Lilies have been sporadically and surprisingly sending up the occasional single blossom as our drought has stretched longer and longer.  Then overnight on Wednesday (6/22), we finally got some rain.  Temperatures are quickly climbing back towards triple digits and the drought wasn't even fazed, but the Rain Lilies have gratefully responded.

Zephyr Lilies
Of the two varieties found in my garden, the Zephyr Lilies (Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea') have bloomed first, sending up a small cluster of pale whitish-pink flowers.  There is also a smattering of singletons scattered about, each with its own individual flower.

The Pink Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes rosea) are also sending up flowers, but none have opened yet - though quite a few should do so soon.  Ain't rain wonderful?


  1. We would happily give you some of our rain. If a little is good, a lot is not necessarily better.

  2. Ricki: Ain't that the truth - seems like this year people are either getting none or way too much.

  3. Glad to see that more of your rain lilies poked their heads up again. This time I didn't get any post -shower blooms, but at least I got the rain.

  4. Abbey: Hmmm - easy decision...given the choice, I'd take the rain!

  5. Wow! That's a nice species. We have the small white and yellow that pop up along the highways, but not this pink one.
    Isn't this drought horrible? As it stands, if Houston gets as little the second half of the year as the first, we are on track for a 17 inch rainfall year..the lowest in history. It would be like gardening out in Sonora or Del Rio, Texas. That's dry! Hang in there.
    David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

  6. Hi Ronnie,
    I thought you guys over there in the Austin area had some more rain than we do here in Houston.
    I keep my eyes a lot on the weather radar, hoping I might not have to water for a day or two and some storms might be moving into our area. Well, so far, except of 2 times, it was wishful thinking. The heat is not only getting to my plants, it's getting to me a little too.
    Like David said, Houston is heading toward a record drought after we had several days of record heat earlier in the spring.
    let's try to stay cool and let's keep hoping for some rain to come soon.
    Paula Jo

  7. David: This species doesn't seem quite as prolific as some others, but it does produce seeds (so that's nice. And, yeah, I'm getting pretty tired of this drought.

    PJ: I agree: I'm just as cooked as my plants; thank goodness for AC - otherwise I think I'd be moving!