April 2011: Easter Joy in our tropical garden!

What marvels The Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad. (Psalm 126:3)

Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily, Northern Christmas Lily), an Easter flowering miracle again! Shot April 30 2011

Simply unbelievable! Not only was our potted Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) blooming for the second time around in two years but once again resurrected during the Easter season!

Its previous ‘grand opening’ in our garden was also during Easter in April 2009. What marvels indeed, we praise and thank God for this great Easter garden joy that we’re experiencing!

Eeek...diseased leaves of Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily, Northern Christmas Lily) in our garden, January 2011Truth be told, we had wanted to dispose the whole pot in mid April as the plants were in such a sorry state. We just didn’t know how to treat them as all the leaves were riddled with some sort of infection, leaf rust or brown rust I think after googling for insights! But before we could carry out our intention, a greenish white stub emerged unexpectedly a week later.

Flowering stalk and buds of Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily, Northern Christmas Lily)We were excited…. could it be a flowering stalk as it looked peculiar, unlike an emerging leaf?
Thus, mission to destroy was aborted and I just trimmed most the diseased leaves pronto lest it consume the flower bud as well! Also, I simply left untouched 3 tinier leaves that were very slightly tainted to continue assisting the plants’ growth through photosynthesis.

Sometimes being lazy helps, huh! Had I been prompt in axing the plants, we would have lost the chance of seeing this blooming miracle once more. Cardwell Lily rarely flowers and we feel blessed indeed to be able to enjoy its beauty again.

Nature really had its last laugh! Whatever, we’re extremely delighted that it dictated our course of action… we couldn’t be any happier otherwise and the plants are happy as well, rewarding us big time with smiling faces! Besides the 38-cm tall flowering scape, topped with gorgeous flowers that are gracefully blooming and opening forth, one flower at a time each day, three new leaves that are disease-free have unfurled too! Oooh, we’re so joyful, looks like the plants have regained their vigour! The remaining disease-infected leaves have been snipped off today and we hope that’s good riddance to bad rubbish finally!

Flowering Proiphys amboinensis, an Easter miracle in our garden again!

As we look forward to continue marveling the flowering process (from past experience the whole blooming period may last about a month or so… how fabulous!), I just can’t help myself but reflect on the inexhaustible love and mercy of The Almighty who never gives up transforming us into His likeness. Like our diseased plants that appeared beyond hope in our eyes but resurrected in an amazing way, nobody is beyond redemption! Our Heavenly Father is ever so loving and merciful… just waiting with open arms for us prodigal sons and daughters to return home to Him. (Luke 15:11-32)



Update: October 10 2011
Just to share Cardwell Lily’s blossoming progress in May 2011. Enjoy!
Flowering Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) at our courtyard, May 6 2011 Flowering Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) at our courtyard, May 9 2011

Flowering Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) at our courtyard, May 10 2011 Flowering Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) at our courtyard, May 15 2011

Sharing too our success at germinating its seed as illustrated in the life-cycle collage below:
Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) - from flower bud to potential seedling

Last edit: June 8, 2016

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