It's been storming like clock-work here every afternoon for the past month or so, and the vacant lot across the street has sprung up with sweetest patches of wild rain lilies - literally over night! They took me by surprise when I was driving home one evening and have totally transformed our little street-scape! As soon as I saw them, I knew they'd be perfect for another "Field to Vase" post. (You can see the first post in this Florida wildflower series, here.)
The Rain Lily is one of the easiest bulbs to grow in Florida. It's incredibly climatically diverse and, in the wild, usually pops up after a good rain (hence the name). The blooms generally last for one to three days and can be seen along roadsides and in pastures throughout Central Florida during warm weather. While they are incredibly charming in the wild, Rain Lilies also seem to be quite happy under domestication, and can be planted year round in Central Florida. (They thrive in conditions not favorable for true garden lilies.)
As with many wild flowers, Rain Lilies make decent cut flowers, lasting one to two days in the vase. Be sure to clip them first thing in the morning (while they're still covered in dew), trimming the stems at a 45 degree angle. Rain Lilies can be thirsty flowers, so fill your container up mid-way and check the water levels from day to day.
For this post, I decided to make a Rain Lily bouquet tied up with string! I think this would be perfect for summer brides or bridesmaids and would pair nicely with ivory roses and jasmine vine. As a bouquet, the blooms held up very well. Just be sure to keep your stems in a vase of water right until your event begins. You can use a soft hand towel to dry the bouquet's stems before use.
Photos and floral styling by Mary Stonecypher Maslow.