Thursday, August 31, 2006

What the rains brought forth

Popping up and opening almost before one's eyes are oxblood lilies, a happy sign of fall. They're along the fence, at Spike's corner, and along the walk to the front porch. This is just the beginning. They loom so large in the imagination, and yet in size they're really quite diminutive. Oxblood was a favorite color for kids' school shoes back in the old days. These are just a bit redder and the gold is very gold. What a welcome sight! We find no lycoris, some rain lilies, and a new flush of bloom on the lantanas. The Turk's caps are looking very lush.


At 9:54 PM, September 01, 2006, Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens said...

The rain wasn't enough to get them started in my garden, but I had my first flowers on 8/30 because the bulbs were next to some other plants that I was watering. As usual, you beat me again this year. They always bloom first for you it seems.

At 3:00 AM, September 02, 2006, Blogger Rantor said...

In addition to the two seen on August 23, there has since been one until these. Ours are from at least three sources and are in many different locations, some courtesy of the squirrels. The appear at many different times. Those of a neighbor (from whose yard a few of ours come) observe their own idiosyncratic schedule. They afe very individualistic, including in degrees of brightness of the red, it seems. Many of the best patches around town, left long undisturbed, are being built over. The excavators arrive without warning and then that's that.


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