Hurricane Lilies

“Hurricane Lilies”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


I must be losing it.  Yesterday was Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and I forgot to post the best bloom in the garden.  The spider lilies (Lycoris radiata) have started blooming.  They always bloom around this time of year which also happens to be the peak of hurricane season.  This is why they have the common name of hurricane lily around here.  In fact, when we returned home a week after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, everything was dry, but the spider lilies were up, showing off their red blooms.  They were certainly a cheery sight amid all the damage.


Lycoris (redu)


I usually prefer a deep, blue-red, and not an orangey-red color, but these flowers’ color just seem to go with approaching autumn and are very welcome in the garden.


  1. September 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    amazing sign after Katrina. and lilies are extraordinary.

  2. Janet said,

    September 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Great lilies, with hope you can enjoy them all season without any hurricane interruptions.

  3. September 17, 2009 at 8:24 am

    This is so beautiful. Worry not for the lilies..
    I would love to post this photograph on my blog, the New Orleans Ladder.
    We are a daily New Orleans News blog, though my focus is point blank on the Corps of Engineers and recovery from the Flood of 8/29/05 –the first week of which I witnessed before escaping to BR in a pickup truck with dog, backpack, guitar and bicycle.
    You will find my writing on this subjects various facets Pithy to put it nicely. So buckle up. I just don’t play nice with the Corps.

    However, if you fang back down the Ladder, you will also see our undying love for the City and whatever we can find which expresses the reality of Her Healing.
    If you like the Ladder then I would be honored by your permission to hang your posts there. We accept No Ad Revenue, as you can read in the profile thingy down the right side.

    I have already listed Always Growing with our Stitch’hikas, which is my right whenever I find such a wonderful place where someone is sewing the Net back together, sowing the ground, tightening the links, pulling The Line.

    Thanks youz,
    Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

  4. Tatyana said,

    September 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

    it looks like a giant beautiful spider!

  5. September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    mine just came up too! just as pretty as last year.

  6. Sue in Milan said,

    September 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Lovely – they deserve a post of their own.

  7. donna said,

    September 19, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Wish I had “spiders” like that in my garden. The connection between Katrina and the Hurricane Lilies is a touching one.

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