Friday, July 24, 2009

Surprises

It is that time of year again. Naked Ladies are surprising us in the garden sending up their slender stalks with several buds at the top just waiting to show their beautiful faces.
While I was out pulling weeds I broke off several of these tall delicate stems. I was sad because I like to see these sweet pink faces swaying in the breeze. I decided to place them into vases just in case they decided to go ahead and open.To my delight another surpise coming from them. They make great cut flowers. Every bud has opened. So far they have been in the vases since Monday and continue to show those pretty pink faces.
Another little surprise from them is that as the bloom ages it gets a purple hue in the petals. I guess I have never had them inside, up close and so easy to view. I will remember that becasue I have quite a few of them in the garden.
I hope that you have a few of these beauties in the garden. They are such tough flowers despite their delicate appearance. Their green leaves come up early in the spring and then dies back and the bloom shoots up on a stem right from the bulb with multiple buds and all open making it such a delight as they seem to appear overnight.
I have planted yellow and red ones but they haven't shown their faces yet. Hmmm I will be on the look out for them now. Do you have Naked Ladies in your garden?? It seems that every region has a different name for them. Gail in Tennessee calls them Surprise Lilies for instance. What do you call them??

21 comments:

Bonnie said...

I have heard them also called Resurrection Lily. Mine are not blooming yet, but I can't wait to see them.

Carol said...

I prefer Surprise or Resurrection Lily, but will call them "nekkid ladies" when people know what I'm talking about. A flower, people, A FLOWER!

Mine have just appeared this week, too, and I "tweeted" a picture of them on Twitter this morning.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Gail said...

They are pretty flowers! I remember the first time I saw them popping up in the rental house lawn of our first house! Talk about surprise! Surprise Lily/Naked Lady is easier to say then Lycoris squamigera! Thank you for the linklove! Hope your weekend is delicious! gail

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I also know them as naked ladies or surprise lilies... and I swear I ordered and planted some last fall, but the question becomes... where?!?!?! Maybe I'm deluding myself. It happens. I *think* of doing something, but that's not hte same as actually doing it! ;-)

Teri C said...

Those are so pretty. I had some like that but the wind just knocked them right over for a few years and then there were none.

Ashley said...

Love the vases! The lilies are gorgeous!

Msrobin said...

I call them Naked Ladies too, and I have them coming up in several places. A friend just passed on the bulbs this spring, and I tucked a few in under various shrubs and plants. Now they keep surprising me, and are much prettier than I thought they'd be. I love how the petals turn lavender on the edges.

Rose said...

They are such delicate beauties; I'm glad you brought them in for a close-up, Lisa. Funny you should post this today...I was just thinking I really need to weed around this one area, but I didn't want to disturb these lilies. They're not up yet, and I can't remember where they are:) I always called them "Surprise Lilies," but "Naked Ladies" makes them sound more intriguing:)

cyndy said...

So glad that yu mentioned how well these preform as a cut flower! I will be sure to bring a few inside this year...when they show up :-)

We call them Naked Ladies around here ...my friend calls them her Bare Babies...

cyndy said...

whoops..I was a little quick on draw or (the keypad)...I should have typed "perform"

Cicero Sings said...

Like the name, Naked Ladies ... also Bare Babies is cute too. No, I don't have any here but I sure enjoyed viewing yours.

Cheryl said...

Not familiar with this little beauty.....
I shall have to do some research...very pretty.....

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I have the plants, but I've never had them flower for me. They bloom like crazy in my mom's garden & down the street. I moved some last year in the hope that a new location might do the trick. I just love them. Have your noticed their fragrance? Around here we call them Resurrection Lilies or Suprise Lilies.

beckie said...

Lisa, a great idea to showcase each lily in it's own vase. Years ago I had a few of these and they always surprised me when they bloomed. in town, I have seen huge bunches of them appear. Such a glorious sight.

yoon see said...

I agree with youLisa, they are beautiful tough flowers!
Soft from outside and strong at the inside!

Christopher C. NC said...

This is a bulb that does not live on Bulbhilla yet. I think we need some. My guess is because they rarely bloomed in Florida, Bulbarella wasn't interested in trying them here.

Diana said...

How pretty, Lisa. They look so delicate in those little individual vases. And now you get to enjoy them indoors. I should cut more flowers to bring in and enjoy.

Mel said...

Hola Lisa,
I've never seen those flowers over here, so, no idea of other names.
I have to start learning more about our flora also, I may ask for advice soon.
Besos,
Mel

Marvin said...

Beautiful lilies. Our Surprise Lilies are also in full bloom this week -- and we have a bumper crop. I don't think we've ever had this many blooms.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I planted six bulbs for the first time last year. We have them at church, and Bill got quite a kick out of telling our priest that I went to smell the naked ladies. He's so bad sometimes! Only one of mine came up, but I bet they will increase next year.~~Dee

SandyCarlson said...

I like these very much. The look very modest despite their name!