I Know They Know

I know they know the difference between real rain water


and sprinkler water from the lake and well water from the hose.

I know they know this because it happened again.

The sprinkler waters them, they grow with a few blooms.

I water them with the hose, they grow with a few blooms.

Then, it rains two inches last week.


Everything is clean and refreshed.


All the plants in the garden perk up.


A few days later, the Rain lilies explode with blooms.


I usually call them Fairy lilies, their proper name is Zephyranthus robustus.

I know that they know when the water is rain water.


I don’t know how they know, but

I know they know.


Wet Lilies

I know I should not complain about the rain.

After all it does bring out the Rainlilies.

Zephyranthus robustus

Another name for these is Fairy lily/ Zephyranthus robustus.

My daughters lily garden is starting to show blooms and buds are blushing.

A new daylily, Moonlit Masquerade is the first to bloom this year.

Moonlit Masquerade daylily

Its my shoes that are the problem. This North Carolina red clay sticks to everything.

I have run out of dry shoes. My shoe basket by the door is full.

I may be forced to go shoe-shopping. Poor me.




Fairy Lily Surprise

Years ago my little niece came to me with a fund-raiser catalog for her school. I was pleased to find bulbs offered among the usual nuts and wrapping paper. I ordered a packet of five pink “Fairy Lily” bulbs. The scientific name is Zephyranthus robustus.  It’s nickname is rain lily.

I planted these in a pot that had some extra space and forgot about them. Later, I noticed little green shoots. Then one day some sweet little pink faces were peeking out.  When the central plant finally out-grew that pot, I divided the bulbs and put them in many more pots with space in them and even planted some in the yard.

The fairy lilies tend to bloom after it rains.  I am surprised to see some blooming in different spots at different times.  The blooming periods are unpredictable, so it’s like getting a little surprise from my niece whenever more bloom. I smile every time I find some blooming and remember my little pink fairy niece.

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Fairy and her Lily
Fairy and her Lily
Fairy Lily Party
Fairy Lily Party

You know you are getting old when you plant things yourself and then are surprised to see them later.

Follow the Flower!