“The rain to the wind said, you push and I’ll pelt.
They so smote the garden bed that the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.” Robert Frost
Oh my goodness! We have had so much rain lately and it has been hard rain accompanied by strong winds. Each morning I walk around our yard and check on the chickens and flowers. Gratefully, the chickens are kept safe and dry in their house and love to run out onto the rain soaked lawn to eat their breakfast and scavenge for ants.
But, yesterday Mary and I noticed some new lilies were preparing to bloom in our front yard.
One looked as though it was opening and I feared that the rain and wind might have damaged it even before it fully opened. I was reminded of the short Robert Frost poem explaining the conspiracy often had between wind and rain. So this morning I brought the camera out with the chicken’s food to see what it looked like.
I was relieved to see little damage! The one open flower was dipping downward as were most of the water laden buds.
These lilies have six stamen with pollen laden black anthers on the tips. A closer look shows that three of the anthers at the end of the stamen were knocked off of this open flower.
But, overall the flowers survived the assault of wind and rain and the other five buds appear to be ready to open fully soon!
Hopefully tomorrow morning or Monday we will be able to get photos of all six flowers in bloom.
The hardy bougainvillea plant by our gate had a few of its’ branches pulled down to the ground, but it will take much more than a hard rainfall to kill a bougainvillea plant!
And thousands of small jasmine flowers were torn from their plant to lay upon the ground atop the carpet of acacia flowers that had fallen from the tree above.
But, there is no need to worry, because the jasmine plant has many more fragrant little flowers set and ready to fill our yard with their glorious aroma!
We should not complain about that bit of storm damage as the life giving rain continues to bring new color and life to our little corner of the world where…
Life is good in Ecuador!