|Zephyranthes or Rain Lily|
Since we got an inch or two of much-needed rain last week, the rain lilies are blooming all over the garden. I adore these little bulbs, and all the more, I think, because they aren't always there. I love how they bloom so reliably in the summer, but on their own timetable. They have an orrnery sense of self-possession, blooming after it rains but not after you water them.
|Mostly pink but sometimes apricot, white, or yellow.|
There are perfectly nice plants that bloom all summer here in Sugar Land, and quite a few of them are planted in my garden. But perhaps because they are always in flower, I just don't LOVE them the way I love rain lilies. And it's not that they're exotic or strange: rain lilies are quite common and even grow wild around here. I imagine it's the way these intermittent bloomers add surprise and change to the garden.
|Containers or flowerbeds, sun or mostly sun.|
Don't knock it -- there's something to be said for the sense of wonder that we might not get from a begonia.