It’s Surprise Lilly time in Indiana.
Some people call them Naked Ladies. Others call them Ressurrection Lillies.
Technocrats call them Lycoris Squamigera, a member of the amaryllis family.
I call them tricky.
They come up early in the spring in the form of lush green foliage. Here they are back in early April, standing tall over the young shoots of Trout Lillies and Daylillies:
They gather the energy of the spring sun through their foliage and store it in their bulbous roots for later. As spring advances toward summer they disappear. The foliage melts into the ground and the plant seems to be long gone.
Eventually, in the heat of the summer…. about the time the Bee Balm fades…
the Gloriosa Daisy flops….
And the big butterflies feast…
They poke their naked stems out of the ground and bloom gloriously, gracing the landscape with their spring-like beauty for a week or two.
They make for beautiful, fragrant bouquets.
They appear to be incongruous with the heady summer season, though they seem to be sympathetic with the little pink Hollyhocks and Cosmos.
And contrast nicely with the pretty orange wildflowers.
They try to fit in with the wild, summer gardens, but don’t quite succeed.
But that’s O.K. because Ninja Kitty thinks they are cool.
Me too! 🙂
Bouquet Credit: Firefox