Oxblood Lilies. Every year towards the end of August, the Oxblood Lilies make their annual show. But dang it! Because their foliage had died back earlier in the summer and not knowing where the bulbs were exactly (they tend to continually migrate toward better sun exposure), I AGAIN find that I have unintentionally planted summer annuals around them, and they just aren’t able to compete with the crowd. Will I ever learn? The bulbs planted in the front parkway among the English Ivy show up well, but not the ones in the west bed.
And then there are the Rain Lilies…
Rain Lilies (they’re the tiny out-of-focus white things). Only rain can make these beauties bloom. Seriously. They are not fooled by hand watering, even if you do set your water head to the “sprinkle” setting. The two bunches above are the result of last week’s rain. And after yesterday’s scary dump (remnants of hurricane Hermine), I can expect an even bigger show next week.
The Oxblood and Rain Lilies are perennial and have thrived in Texas for many generations. Usually in old forgotten locales such as graveyards. I purchased the bulbs from a fairly new local grower, The Southern Bulb Company. The owner, Chris Wiesinger, has spent many years hunting out heirloom bulbs that were once considered lost.
See? The Oxblood Lilies are trying to peek out, but the Louisiana Iris is competing for the same sunny real estate. They just won’t stay put, because the tree canopies keep growing and shading out more of my garden.
Hopefully in a couple of weeks, the Red Spider Lilies will start blooming and photos will follow.