These little pink lilies grow wild in our garden. By that, I mean they choose where they want to grow. When not in bloom, they’re impossible to spot. Their long, narrow leaves blend in perfectly with grass.
A few years ago, we tried planting a few bulbs in a single pot. Just searching them out amid the grass was quite a feat, because as I’ve said, they’re practically invisible when they’re not in bloom. The plants seemed to die out, so we stuck a young aloe vera plant in the flower pot instead. Why waste an unoccupied pot, right? Then, of course the lilies started growing again. We didn’t have the heart to separate them, so the two plant varieties have co-existed in the same pot ever since.
The bulk of these lilies grow haphazardly around the garden. They’re only noticeable when they bloom, and then I wonder how the single plant found its way to the shade under the curry leaf tree, or to whichever part of the lawn it shows up in. They scatter themselves so well!
Every so often, the lilies start blooming. Then, we get brilliant surprises like this:
The above patch is totally unplanned. When I see them like this, though, I want to dig them up and make a patch of them – but I’ve tried that a few times before and they stubbornly refuse to grow for me. I guess they choose where they want to grow…
I have no idea what the proper name is for these lilies, but they have been around since my grandparents’ time and I like them!