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. :-)