Lilies of the field

tejasntv.jpgAround here, they’re most likely to be rain lilies. I wrote about them (“Gift of the Rain“) before, even mentioning Tejas Native Bulbs in the entry. Now thanks to a first-time order from Tejas Native Bulbs, my holiday shopping is complete. This present, though, a selection of rain lilies to be added to those already here, required immediate opening. Before the sun sets today, they will be in the ground. I came that close to meeting the owner, whose labor of love it is to propagate these native beauties, and many others that can be very difficult, if not impossible, to find anywhere else. He delivered these prime specimens himself. Apparently it’s his practice to make sure that someone will be there for delivery or very soon thereafter, so that none of the vitality of these very fresh and beautiful bulbs is lost and so that they will thrive and flourish in their new home as they did in their old one. A wonderful aspect of the nearly 30 varieties of terrestrial and aquatic bulbs, rhizomes, and corms available is that they are all collected from this area and do not have to adapt to a habitat that is alien to them. Tejas Native Bulbs is so focused that not even long-time old-fashioned favorites such as oxblood lilies are offered, since they arrived here in the 19th century from South America. The local daily recently featured this wonderful resource for Austin gardeners (an Adobe Reader file), complete with photographs. Especially anticipated here will be the first golden blooms of the copper lily. These are particularly vivid in mass drifts on the Huston-Tillotson campus. We’re so lucky that they’re now commercially available.

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