I first noticed pink rain lilies (Zephyranthes grandiflora), and rain lilies in general, on trips to India. They are common there and seem to thrive with little care, bursting into abundant bloom during the rains of the monsoon season to produce pictures like this:
At The Garden of Five Senses in Delhi
At the Red Fort in Delhi
At a park in Chandigarh
So of course I had to try to grow them as well. I ordered some bulbs of Zephyranthes grandiflora in the spring of last year, potted them up, put the pot in the hottest, sunniest spot I could find, watered moderately, and fertilized once a week. A few of the thin, strappy leaves appeared but nothing else happened all summer. In late fall I put the pot on the unheated back landing along with the pots of tuberoses and left it there, dry and dark, until late April. Then I brought it out again and gave it some water. Again, scanty leaves appeared and for much of the summer so far it seemed as though nothing else was going to happen. Yet lo and behold, over the last few weeks all of a sudden lots more leaves appeared and then, two days ago, a fat pink bud suddenly popped up. Only a day later and it is in glorious bloom:
My first pink rain lily (Zephyranthes grandiflora) flowering in the Massachusetts garden
So perhaps rain lilies do just take a lot of time to get established. The heat we have been having might have also helped. In any case, I do hope there will be lots more rain lily blossoms in the future.