Sunday, September 13, 2009

The blessings of rain, glorious rain!

I was so sad when I read on Zanthan Gardens and Digging that their Oxblood lilies were beginning to bloom. I lovingly planted several clumps of them last year after MSS of Zanthan graciously shared hers with me. Sadly, the DOG got into them and I feared the worst last week when no signs of lilies appeared.

Then, after our 7 inches of rain over the last 3 days, I went out to investigate this morning and lo and behold, Oxblood lilies!

One big, beautiful clump of them. I have another straggler elsewhere, and there might be a few more -- I'll just have to wait and see. But this wonderful rain brought them out and they are so pretty and bright.

10 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

I bet you'll see others in the next few days, Diana. I only had that one early clump blooming, but today there are half a dozen popping up. Yea for rain!

Rachel @ in bloom said...

Don't worry, Diana, the same thing happened to me last year. My oxblood lilies were slow to come out, but they did eventually! (My first bunch has been out for a week this year, so they aren't chronic underperformers, at least.) :)

Janet said...

What fun to have them pop up and surprise you.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Every time I turn around I find another one. Aren't they a happy surprise?

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Wow, I need some of those! Good thing Bulb Mart is coming up in October.

Gail said...

I don't what to be more excited about...7 inches of rain or the beautiful rain lilies. Wonderful news! gail

Annie in Austin said...

Yay for oxbloods! Yours look good in spite of the dogs, Diana.

I bought some when we first moved to this house then was given more by MSS a couple of years ago. Just a few had appeared by Friday, a few more yesterday.

But one area that had a dozen bulbs is giving no sign they still exist - sure hope they're just poky.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Bonnie said...

are they now protected from the dogs?

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Glad the oxblood lilies are blooming. I love to see them blooming in other people's gardens...it's like watching your children go out into the world.

Mine were a little early because I started watering some of them as soon as I saw the bud tips poking up. Normally I don't do this but last year a lot of buds died before flowering because we didn't get our usual fall rain.

This year, I could have waited. Ah, gardening.

I don't know what I did wrong last year but none of the bulbs I planted in 2008 bloomed this year. Maybe I divided them too late. Maybe squirrels dug them up. It's the first time in 14 years that I've had a problem.

Diana said...

Pam -- I did find another one blooming a few days later - dog musta missed that one!

Rachel -- They are out now, that rain really did it for them -- and everything else, right?

Janet -- They did surprise me. But I knew to look for them thanks to others who were given the same bulbs.

Debbie - They are great - I just love bulbs. It's like a surprise party in your garden.

Cindy - You do need some of these. They are so pretty.

Gail -- And now I have some rain lilies, too!

Annie -- They are on their own schedule, that's for sure. But I will take them any time they want to show up!

Bonnie -- no, they aren't. It's dogs or deer!

MSS -- I love mine. But I love seeing that sea of them in your yard. Wow. That is so impressive. What a treat for all of us to have your children!