Some Like the Rain

Most of us did not enjoy the 33 inches of rain that fell in our community. Other parts of Texas/Louisiana received over 50 inches.  After the clouds cleared, these white Rain Lilies showed their appreciation of the rain.  It is nice to see beauty after such a disaster.



Today’s project was to save the Bulbine frutescens.  The plants are in severe decline this year and have spilled over the rocks that line the bed. The photo is from better days.

DSC_0229Rain Lilies were planted behind the Bulbine and they have also moved toward the edge of the bed.

IMG_3117The Rain Lilies had to be dug up.  There were hundreds or thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands. Or at least it seemed that way as they were transplanted. The bulbs pictured in the tub are only the ones that had to be moved from another bed. The rest were just piled up near where they were dug.

DSC_0504The bulbs were replanted in a long a row and should reproduce and move forward to fill in the bed.

DSC_0499And when I thought I was finished, I found another pile of Rain Lily bulbs to plant.

While working, an unfamiliar bird started calling and popped out of the trees revealing itself as a Brown Thrasher (no photo) arriving for the winter.  Next the Cardinals, Chickadees and Titmouses (wouldn’t pose for photo) came to check out the stranger and then filled up on birdseed.

DSC_0505Finally, I got to my original task of planting the Bulbines back in the soil above the rocks.  They look a little sad right now, but hopefully with a new start, they will rebound.

Whites in Bloom


This White Hydrangea was a gift that came by mail from a florist.  It was potted and bumped up as it grew.


And showed its appreciation by putting on a spectacular display this spring.


Finally blooming, this White Rain Lily was a pass-along and was planted in the garden two years ago.  It recently bloomed and has a light pleasant scent.


The White Rain Lily next to its pink cousin.  A different white cultivar, also planted in the garden, blooms in the fall.


Bishop’s Flower adds a lacy fill to a garden bed.  They grow from two to four feet tall.




Fall Bloomers


Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius).  This bright bloomer started right at the beginning of fall to the delight of the bees.  As its name implies, it likes a moist area.  It grows up to 6 feet tall and is a prolific reseeder.


This Pam’s Pink Turks Cap desperately needed a trimming, but thankfully it was too hot to do the job and now it is loaded with flowers and buds.


White Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes candida) pop up every year around this time and each year there are more of them.  They are in the amaryllis  family and can be separated and moved to new beds or shared with gardening friends.  Wild ones grow around this area and they have a scent.


This Blue Salvia, the name has been lost, is always a reliable bloomer just when the butterflies and hummingbirds stop by on their journeys south.


This Red Salvia is just super, blooming in the spring and fall.  It takes a break during summer.


Coleus Flowers are not very exciting, but the bees sure do like them.  All of the Coleus were started by cuttings.  It is just about time to start some for the winter.  They do well in a sunny window and can be returned to the outdoors when the weather warms up.


Torenias (Torenia fournieri) has many names.  Wishbone because of its stamens form a wishbone shape.  It is also called Clown Flower, Summer pansy (we grow pansies in the winter here) and Bluewing.  What ever you call it, it is a great little plant that takes partial shade and reseeds in the Automatic Garden.