It’s summertime and the beautiful ladies are making an appearance.
Amaryllis belladonna (also known as pink lady, naked lady or beautiful lady) is a native of Africa which has naturalized well in the Bay Area. In the rainy winter season and early spring, it produces vibrant green, strap-like leaves in large clumps dotting hills, gardens and parks. By late spring the leaves yellow and by summer, a jumble of crispy remnants is all that’s left to indicate there was life.
Towards the end of July, I get a feeling of anticipation. I check the dried remains of the plants in my yard, waiting for the miraculous. Then I see it – a greenish-red spear like the head of a cobra rising from the center of the debris. In a few days, it grows tall and the hood opens to reveal a handful of beautiful pink trumpet-shaped flowers.
By August, you’ll see them all over – masses of large pink blooms on tall stalks gently waving in the summer breeze –like a late Easter announcement. Look for the pink ladies blooming near the bell tower at the church. They will be in full bloom this Sunday. It reminds me of the scripture from Matthew 6:28:
“Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”
These lilies grow wild in the hills and fields. They don’t need any gardener to tend them. What they do depend upon, however, is the rain and sun provided by our Creator. They don’t work or weave or earn a living. Yet they are cared for by God, and are very beautiful.
It reminds me that if God cares for these amazing flowers, how much more the Creator will care for us as his children.