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Currumbin Beach, South East Queensland.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CALM AFTER THE STORM

I planted Storm Lilies (Zephyranthes) as a border along one of the pathways in my garden. For most of the year they are not blooming but wilting over and lying prostrate on the path as if they are sulking while they are waiting for the rain. 

Two weeks ago we had a furious storm with buckets of rain for 3 days. Immediately these lilies stood up tall and popped out these beautiful blooms as if to say, "Don't worry about the tree that was blown down and broke your washing line just look at us and be calm and happy."

 There were more than I had ever seen before in my garden. Apparently, the wilder the storm, the more they flower.

They have six petals which make a cone shape and they have a pink hue.

 They made the pond look attractive. 

 They continue around the whole loop of the path. 

I found a website here where the lady makes an essence from the flowers which is used to help calm people who have been traumatised especially by physical abuse. She describes the flowers like this:
"These little flowers appear like the calm after a storm, nurturing the space. The more violent the storm, the more speedily they pop their little faces out to the sun and bathe in its brilliant calm, soaking up the life force and revitalising."

36 comments:

  1. they are gorgeous, we need rain so bad, and have for months and months. we get a few sprinkles once in a while and that makes all the plants raise there arms to the sky.

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  2. So cute. I wish they would grow here. There's a lot of plants I wish would grow here. Lilacs for one. They grow up in the mountain areas but not here. They're SMART! :)

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  3. How appropriate! They look really lovely too.

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  4. Wow! Those are so pretty and what a cool little flower. Never have heard of them but will have to go look them up!

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  5. Those are beautiful Diane, such a pretty sight to greet anyone when they walk down your path. Wishing you a great day!

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  6. I feel a lot like those Storm Lilies right now Diane, flopping about! Give me a rain storm and I'll definitely perk up. They make the best border in a garden, they remind me of spring flowers.

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  7. Your mass of zephyr/storm lilies along the garden path is really pretty! I liked them so much I looked them up to see if they would possibly grow here. I should have known better. They wouldn't survive our winters.

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  8. What a remarkable flower. I have never heard of them but they look very pretty along the pathway.

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  9. What a beautiful post and beautiful photos of those blooms. Imagine that they bloom more after a more violent storm. I'm glad they're used as a calming essence for people suffering from abuse. Thanks for sharing, Diane.

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  10. You have a wonderful garden.
    I enjoy your flowers.
    Greetings from Switzerland
    Angela

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  11. They are very pretty and what a curious life they lead.

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  12. they look fabulous; I had 'one' and it flowered 'one-time'. Never seen it again? Not through a lack of storms either. Beautiful flowers on them; your display looks so good. Hope they last a while.

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  13. Diane, they are beautiful flowers. So glad you had the storm now, right? Well maybe? Happy Valentine's Day and wish the rest of your week is a happy one!

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  14. Those flowers are lovely not something I have seen very often I have seen them but not often

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  15. Wow, these are so beautiful, Diane!

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  16. Well aren't they pretty! Daffodils blooming here...probably get snow later this week.

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  17. What a nice flower along the pathways !
    They look a little bit like wild orchids.

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  18. Diane, I love the rain lilies too. You have a delightful border. They are really very beautiful.

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  19. They are lovely. I didn't know they stood so tall.

    Here the belladonna lilies a putting out their flowers. Autumn must be near.

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  20. What a beautiful show they make. Mother nature knows what she is all about Diane.

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  21. They are just gorgeous Diane! I'll have some of that storm please! Our garden is melting (as we are) over here. My Moses in the cradle are bleached and sad compared to your very healthy and happy ones on the other side of the path.

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  22. You have such a beautiful garden Diane! I enjoyed reading about the Storm Lilies,. they are beautiful flowers so simple and even in your photos they bring a sense of calm to the viewer. We will be digging out after yesterday's storm which lasted all day so I may do an after the storm post later - if I'm not too tired!

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  23. They are lovely along your path!
    Beautiful closeup shot!

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  24. They are a true "after the storm" happy sight to see!

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  25. Just looking at these beauties has a calming effect, I'm sure their essence works wonders. I have never seen these before. Amazing that they flourish after a big storm.

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  26. Wonderful....so pretty....reminds of the Livingstone Daisies we get over here!

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  27. They're wonderful flowers! Apparently you sent your tropical storm over here to Florida...we're getting buckets of rain too!

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  28. I am surprised the flowers still look that good after so much rain.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  29. Hi Diane, what a truly beautiful post about the wonders of nature. Such a jewel of a flower :D)

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  30. They are just magnificent. I've been trying to germinate seeds sent from a lovely gardener so I can have something similar one day beside our carshed.

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  31. I must search some out for my garden path. ... the brush of pink adds it their beauty.... wonderful to have flowers that look so exquisite but are sturdy.

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  32. I have never heard of them before they are beautiful. What a sight. Have a good Sunday. Take care Diane

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  33. What a beautiful plant! I love how they make such a cheerful border for your pathways. That surely must have been a most violent, drenching storm. I guess these storm lilies are the silver lining.

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  34. It just shows any type of weather suits something somewhere - even if it seems destructive to us! Beautiful photos!

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  35. they are very pretty and true to their name. i haven't seen them before.

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  36. It is amazing how the rain will help a flower to be so pretty.

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