“Success is not final and failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” –  Winston Churchill.

There is something in my mother’s garden that lives up to it. It comes to life from nowhere and blooms in its scarlet glow in the blazing heat of May. It stands tall for a week to ten days. After that, it vanishes from the scene to such a great extent that one would doubt whether it was there or it was a figment of imagination! Come next summer, it will surge from below the ground and bloom graciously. Its courage to continue, year after year is unmatched!

I am talking about May Flower. It is called so as it blooms only in May. It is also called as “Blood Lily” as it’s blossom is bright and blood red. It is also called as “Football Lily” for the obvious reason as you will notice it in the pictures that I am going to share.

The summer garden at my mother’s end (Yavatmal, Maharashtra, India) is incomplete without this radiant hot-shot May Flower. Every year, courtesy my aunt, a retired judge, who has a green thumb, rather all her digits are green, I would say; that I get the glimpses of this ‘Summer Celebrity‘ which I have seen blooming without fail since my childhood every year in the month of May!


Linking this post to #WordlessWednesday by Esha and Natasha

And Dolly, Zinaida, Betty and Steve 
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16 Comments

Vasu Bhide · June 10, 2020 at 8:57 am

Very well written!! The way you describe the things is awesome… U r indeed a great writer👏🙏 Pictures of May flower are amazing too!!

    Anagha Yatin · June 10, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Thank you Doctor 🙂

Esha · June 10, 2020 at 10:46 am

Beautiful flowers, Anagha! Loved the pics. So glad to see you link up this week.
Happy #ww and a lovely week ahead. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · June 10, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to link up Esha. I am happy to welcome you on my blog.

      Esha · June 10, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      Glad to, Anagha. 🙂

Yatin · June 10, 2020 at 11:39 am

Wow! Beautiful, both the picture of flowers and narration!
Good Monday motivation with opening statement of this post.

    Anagha Yatin · June 10, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Flower power, what say Yatin? Thanks for visiting and appreciating.

Nitya Neelakantan · June 11, 2020 at 4:38 pm

Lovely picture of the flower. The write up is so heartfelt too.

writershilpa · June 12, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Oh wow! You know, ages ago, on our trip to Goa, mom came across this flower and got home a sapling. She planted it and took great care of it, but failed to see it bearing fruit (or flower!). And, then one summer, things changed and soon we saw this beauty gracing our little garden, Doesn’t it look just too beautiful, delicate and elegant?
Loved this post, Anagha! Not just for the flower, but for the love with which you have written it. 🙂

Pradeep · June 14, 2020 at 10:12 pm

I wonder why this flowers only in May … One of the mysteries of nature, I guess!

Obsessivemom · June 15, 2020 at 9:06 am

Those are gorgeous flowers. I think we called the same one globe lily. But I’ve rarely seen them in such profusion.

TravelerInMe · June 15, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Oh they are so pretty. A dash of color in scorching summer is certainly a relief for the eyes.

I love flowers ….. so lilies ….. so these football lilies 🙂

I have potted these golden spider lilies and I hoping they bloom this season

the bespectacled mother · June 16, 2020 at 7:58 pm

Never heard of this flowering plant but it looks attractive. In the first photo, all the flowers lined up one after the other look like it is a big catterpillar but red in colour. I can imagine how much pleasure this flower must bring to you since it blooms once a uear for 7 to 10 days but every year without fail. It is nature nad its wonders, isn’t it?

Natasha · June 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm

My mother grew these, and we called them Ball Lillies.I remember she had that one sole plant that would unfailingly bloom year after year.

Lovely share, Anagha.

Corinne Rodrigues · June 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

I’ve seen a yellow version of this, I think. We used to call them powder puffs!

Rajlakshmi · June 23, 2020 at 7:47 pm

Oh my, it looks so pretty. I wait for my flowers to bloom every season. It’s like waiting for a close one to arrive home.

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