Wonders of the season
September 9 brought the first oxblood or schoolhouse lilies (rhodophiala bifida); two days later, on September 11, the pink version of these beautiful flowers appeared. White rain lilies have been everywhere, and during the past two week we have seen seven of the beautiful small pink rain lilies in the side yard, in addition to one saffron golden rain lily nearby, and one butter-yellow rain lily behind the house. There are now more spider lilies (lycoris radiata), this time following the property line, in addition to one making an appearance by itself in Mack's flower bed and the remaining flowers on the oak motte. The display of red schoolhouse lilies is nearing an end. Yesterday, there was a yellow giant swallowtail butterfly in the yard, the first this summer. We've seen many of the dark version with the golden trim, but this is the first yellow one, and in perfect condition. One monarch butterfly was seen yesterday. There have been two more moonflowers every night recently. Fennel has made seeds just once this entire season, but it appears to be starting to put forth greenery again from the roots. We still see at least one hummingbird every day. The angle of the sun changes daily. There will be hot weather to come, but the periods of relief are longer and more numerous each day.