Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rain Lilies and Grasshoppers


We received some much needed rain last Wednesday night. It was only around an inch or so, but it was more than we had seen in quite a while and it really perked up the plants.

These rain lilies began blooming this evening as a result of the rain. They are either Cooperia drummondii or Cooperia pedunculata


As I looked closer, I noticed that grasshoppers were eating some of the rain lily flowers. I was reminded that many lives were disrupted and some lives were lost when the same storm system that brought beneficial rain to my garden also brought destructive tornadoes to several North Texas communities.

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  1. Congrats on the rain. We got some too along with more hail than we needed, but I`ll take the rain , no matter how it comes.

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    1. But preferably without the hail.

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  2. Glad you got some much-needed rain, but were spared the hail and other damaging weather.

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  3. I love your prairie! It's so full of color! I don't think I've seen rain lilies before. They sure are pretty. I'm glad you got the rain, and I've thought about that before, too, when we've had storms that got worse after they left us.

    Thanks for your comment on my Wildflower Wednesday post. I hope my gardens fill in like yours in the next few years. I am tickled at the growth of the ones that have been planted a year or two. I have lots of seedlings I can't identify so far, too.

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    1. Rain lilies are interesting. They bloom 3-4 days after a rain.
      I am sure your plants will fill in quickly. As I commented on your post, you have some of the same plants that I have, yet yours are much larger and I even had a month or so head start on spring.

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  4. Glad you got the rain. Your garden is looking lush and the grasshoppers will be eaten by some happy songbirds. My lizards LOVE grasshoppers as well.
    Hey, what is the tall blue flowers blooming in the very back of that first photo?
    I'd like to have some of those in my garden. I'm guessing it is a salvia or sage of some type.
    Thanks!
    David/:0)

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    1. Oh, and congratulations on reaching 100,000+ pageviews. That's quite an accomplishment and a nice reward for your dedication & hard work here on your wonderful garden blog! Best wishes on your way to fame!
      David/:0)

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    2. David, the tall blue flowers are Mealycup Sage, Salvia farinacea. Specifically, the flowers in the photo are the Henry Duelberg variety, so called because it was found growing on Henry's grave. http://www.plantanswers.com/salvia_arcadia.htm.
      Thanks for your comments.

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  5. Nice, will the grasshopper eat them? I love lilies and I grow the Pink Oxblood Lilies. My bulbs came up again this year, check out my flower pictures.

    Oxblood Lily Blooming

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