I’ve always thought of the various flowers that bloom alongside our highways and rural roads as ‘ditch diamonds.’ Their preference for a damp environment makes ditches a perfect home for them, and their beauty certainly qualifies them as jewels.
Last year, I found my first of these jewels in the form of Spider Lilies (Hymenocallis liriosme). Despite our significant February freeze, a few had come into bloom when I discovered them on March 7, east of Lake Jackson along Farm to Market Road 2004.
Yesterday, March 6 — just a day earlier and a few miles west of Lake Jackson — I found my first spider lilies of 2022. In last year’s post, I mentioned that these first blooms stood as tokens of the massed lilies yet to come. Looking through my archives, I found that to be true. Photos from 2018, 2019, and 2021 show ditches filled with the flowers in the latter part of March.
There’s no question about it. The lilies are coming.