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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Pink Rain Lily Makes an Appearance

So, I’ve attempted to follow through on the various rain lilies that lay hidden in the garden, starting with the yellow rain lily, and now, the pink variety. I say “hidden” because unlike experts in the garden who can look at the leaves of a lily and tell you what color it is -  based on the thickness and breadth of the leaf, apparently - I certainly cannot, yet. But, I do take great joy in celebrating a new lily blossom, particularly because as innocuous as this variety of lily is, the rain lily appearing like clumps of luxurious grass and nothing else, as opposed to fancier, more ornamental varieties of the same genus of flowers, when it does bloom in all its glory, it is certainly a magnificent sight to behold. If you manage to catch multiple colors in the same bed of flowers, you will think you were in some kind of Disney Animated field of vividly colored blossoms, each one of them staring up at the sky above.

Now, I am forced to admit that  a single flower is no real “glorious bed” of flowers, but that’s because a variety of attempts to introduce new plants and even other lily varieties to the garden have led to the poor rain lily taking a bit of a back seat in gardening affairs. In various pots as well as spread all over the ground in various patches, it’s like a beautiful weed that you only need to get out of the way if you’re trying to put something else in its place. If not, you’re perfectly happy to indulge in the “green manure” properties of having the rain lily bulbs get your soil ready for the planting of other plants, as hardy as this little lily is.

Another major woe to befall the poor rain lily in this garden has been the bandicoot. It’s exactly like if I go grocery shopping and pick up onions to check them out before purchasing them, except if I took the extra step to nibble each one just to be sure. That’s what the bandicoot does, and try as I might to plant little lost, somewhat damaged, unearthed bulbs that I come across the following morning, there seems to be an increase in the general rodent population or something because the rain lilies are losing the battle at the moment.

On this particular rain lily, the pink variety, the shades of pink and yellow work together so nicely, you wonder why you haven’t seen it on anything else except haute couture trinkets and antibiotic capsule covers. Well, maybe shoes and tracksuits that I hope to never be caught wearing, but still, they present it so gaudily. Now, I look forward to the white one giving us a glimpse of it’s fabulous simplicity, or at least I hope some of these grass-like shoots belong to the white rain lily bulbs which were rather prevalent, a couple of years ago even. Don’t worry, if they show, you can be sure they’ll be featured on this blog, if not immediately, certainly without much further ado. :-)

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