Every Easter, just like clockwork, our orange Hippeastrum lilies burst into bloom. For this reason, I like to plant them in a clump, because what is more pretty than a whole cluster of blooming flowers?
I don’t know how the flowers sense the season, and I won’t try to understand it; we simply appreciate the timing of the flowers, despite this region not having specific seasonal changes, and know that these lilies mean Easter is around the corner.
Like all lilies, these flowers grow from bulbs. I transplanted them from a sunnier section of the garden that I wanted for our veggies (and the pumpkins have thrived there!), but despite my best efforts at unearthing all the bulbs, a few new plants have popped up since the transplant. Bulbs can be sneaky that way. I don’t know if they grew from a remnant of roots or from a tiny bulb that I missed.
I have noted, however, that certain creatures like living around these plants. One in particular creeps me out – the blind snake. It looks like a shiny, long worm, but moves sinuously like a snake. I haven’t taken a photo of it yet because I don’t really want to look at it longer than I need to…
In spite of this, I do intend to maintain a few groupings of these lilies. All creatures have their role and place, and should be left to do whatever they were designed to (unless they pose a danger). Besides, we love that they remind us that Easter is around the corner. So, whether you celebrate Easter as a day of bunnies and chocolate eggs, or as a Christian holiday, we’d like to wish you a Happy Easter!