I should have known better, but I did not bring in my potted plants before Imelda hit. I wasn’t the only one not expecting that much rain. Luckily, I had no where to go and my house was fine. Others were not as fortunate. Some plants did fine with the 9 inches we received in about 90 minutes, but others prefer it to be a bit drier.
We also experienced one of the worst lightning storms I’ve ever been in. Notice the ball of strikes and at the top it reads the lightning is 0 miles from me. My area accumulated over 20 inches in 2 days, but officially Imelda dropped a total of 43 inches in parts of Texas. It is the 5th wettest storm in US history with Harvey, also in Texas, coming in first with 60.5 inches of rain just two years ago.
I did not recognize the foreboding sign of the impending storm when I found my Hurricane Lily had bloomed. I didn’t know it was still alive and I didn’t even take a picture of it. Next time I will pay attention.
Hurricane Harvey is long gone, but the Hurricane Lily has decided to appear.
Hurricane season lasts from June until the end of November. Hopefully, this lily is not a harbinger of bad news.
Several plants that have not bloomed for years, decided to finally put out flowers this year. I usually keep plants as long as they are alive, even if they have not bloomed. It paid off this year.
This beautiful 8 inch flower is an Angel Trumpet (Burgmansia).
The red lily is commonly called School House or Hurricane Lily as it blooms at the beginning of school and hurricane season. It has not bloomed in such a long time that I had to do some research to remember what it was called. It is also know as Oxblood Lily (Rhodophiala bifida).
This Passion Flower was in really bad shape. I had left it in large pot in the far end of the yard. I brought it closer to the backdoor and tended to it on a daily basis. I was rewarded with fragrant flowers. It hasn’t bloomed in such a long time, that I thought it was purple and was quite surprised to see it was white!