“Rain Lilies”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
We still are not having a lot of rain, but the rain lilies are starting to bloom better than ever. These sweet little flowers seem to need at least one good rain shower to start blooming, and they certainly did get that almost two weeks ago. I still have to water the garden, and I am sure that is contributing to the blooms, but I have done that in previous years and still did not get many flowers.
These small bulbs are adapted to containers where I had mine for years, but I eventually planted them in the garden in the very front of the border. The leaves are about twelve inches long and remind me of teeny, tiny amaryllis foliage. The flowers are about three inches across and are held up by stems about nine inches high. So, you can see this must be placed where they can be seen and not hidden behind taller plants.
The last few years, I have not had many blooms from my rain lilies which was very disappointing. This year, however, for whatever reasons, they are starting to bloom so much more. I wish I knew why, so that I could repeat the conditions every year. I guess Mother Nature can be unpredictable.