Sunday, September 7, 2008

Today's Flowers - Post 76




Genus: Lycoris
Species: radiata
Information from http://davesgarden.com

Earlier last week, when I looked out my front door, this flower wasn't there. Thursday night, it was! Actually, from the time I first spied the stem until the bloom was open as you see it took two days. These red "Spider Lilies" seem to spring up over night. I don't know exactly how fast the stems grow, but from nothing to about 16" - 18" overnight is not unusual.

The strange thing about the ones in my yard is that some years I have dozens of them, other years I do not see a single one. And, sometimes, they don't come up in the same places I saw them last. This is the first time one of these has bloomed in this particular location.


Although they are not the variety known as "Surprise Lilies," they are always a surprise. I love them!

Today's Flowers is a weekly Meme created by Luiz Santilli, Jr. and may be found here. Please visit to see others' lovely flower photos. If you have a flower photo of your own to share, please join us.


41 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a beautiful flower... and such a great capture to... I must see if these will grow over here..

Tom

Leora said...

It doesn't look real, more like a fantasy flower, with those red spirals. Funky flower!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful flower and color.

Dulce said...

So beautiful and strange one! I think we do not have this ones here.

Kerslyn said...

beautiful...though strange flower. my first time to see a "spider lily". thanks for sharing!

Marcos Santos said...

Very beautiful

The colour, their stems ... all beautiful.

Great photo

Sherry said...

What a pretty and unusual flower!

Cris said...

Very unusual and unique... I had never seen it before, thanks for sharing! have a great week ahead!

dot said...

Someone gave me some seed for those once but they never came up. Yours are so pretty!

Kahshe Cottager said...

I have never before seen a spider lily ~ they are beautiful! What a lovely surprise to have them just pop up! Now I must find out if they will grow where I live!

alicesg said...

Very beautiful flower. It is so striking in its red colour. :)

Norm said...

great capture! that's awesome very beautiful...

Gallicissa said...

A growth of 16" - 18" overnight sounds, amazing! Lovely flower.

Carletta said...

Spider Lily is a great name for sure and this is a stunning photo!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I don't think I've ever seen a spider lily before. This is such a beautiful blossom!

fishing guy said...
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Abraham Lincoln said...

A very nice flower and a good capture too.

My flowers are at Thunder Maker

fishing guy said...

Pat: What a beautiful flower, it looks like a fireworks display. You are lucky to have it to put on this show.

said...

This is just a dream photo...the flower almost doesn't look real...
A very nice week to you Pat...

me ann my camera said...

Wow, wonderful, oh wonderful! What a unique looking blossom this is! Lovely. I have never heard of them before.

CrazyCath said...

Beautiful and unusual! What lovely surprises as you open your door.

I have looked up the flowers meme too and entered - BUT - it is on a new site I have started up so please come over if you have time and check it out! Thanks.

Kerri said...

WOW! That's one fast growing flower!! And a beautiful one too!

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! So majestic!

Hilary said...

Wonderful flower. I've never seen anything like it before.

Cátia said...

wonderful flower!very nice

Maria said...

Great flower, must be funny to have them in your garden! It looks like a flower in a SF film, somehow. But really beautiful!
Thank you and have a nice week!

JC said...

Pat, Beautiful lilly!!!!!This is a perfect picture. Way to go.

afeatheradrift said...

Pat what a wonderful photo you took. It is really professional looking. I'm very impressed!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

What a beauty. I don't believe I have ever seen a spider lily before.

Marcia said...

Very very beatiful. Looks like a party!

Denise said...

Hi, Pat
These are very very beautiful, very interesting.
hugs, Denise

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Pat
Beatiful and fantastic flower!
Different of all flowers we saw!
Great shot.
I'm happy to see your flower here and hope you post every week!

Santilli

piedmontperspective said...

Excellent capture, Pat! My granny had a yellow one that she called a Hurricane Lily. This is the first time I've seen a red one and they're just gorgeous!

Jeannelle said...

Oh, very unusual and beautiful flower, Pat! I've never heard of it before.....a spider lily. And, amazing to hear they grow and bloom so fast!

TSannie said...

What a beautiful flower! I've never seen a lily like that. So glad you had one to share, Pat!

arlene said...

i think it looks like, Princess of the night. a flower here that just open ups at night.

this is beautiful. thanks for sharing.

the name of my flower is Dahlia. come by and see it!

Louis la Vache said...

What amazing geometry in this flower! Nice shot, Pat!

nonizamboni said...

Pat! this is a phenomenal flower post. Beautiful color and such strange and wonderful habits. Thanks for sharing...have a great week.

david mcmahon said...

Spider lily? Wow - great picture.

Vonda said...

What an unusual flower. I have never seen anything like that. Lovely photo.

rhymeswithplague said...

Pat, haven't heard from you all week...are you well? Did the spider lily get you?

I thought of you just now when Papy Biou, the French blogger, left a note on my blog about a couple of his photographs that I turned into my own special brand of post, and he ended by saying (after I let ol' babelfish translate), "we are over the same length d' wave."!!

If you needed a chuckle, that was it!