Monday, August 2, 2010

Lycoris Squamigera




OR "Naked Ladies"


After almost giving up hope of having any flowers this season, I spied a solitary bloom peeping out from behind a basket of Lantana, which I had inadvertently placed on top of the place where I planted several Lycoris bulbs last year (see here for details). It remains to be seen if any of the other myriad bulbs I planted will flower this season.

The dear people from whom I received the bulbs, Carol and her husband of "Coward's Corner with Luckie" told me that I might not have any blooms the first year. Carol shared a gardener's wisdom - "one year to rest; one year to grow; one year to bloom."  Perhaps I am still ahead of the game by having any blooms at all.

The photos above were not taken in situ, as the flower stalk had been severely warped by the Lantana container, so I clipped it and brought it inside to place in my kitchen window, and I love looking at it. 

I'll be closely watching other places where I planted bulbs in hope that some others may show their colors this year.  I do so enjoy these beautiful flowers.

11 comments:

Snap said...

I love bulbs and I don't have many. I often ask myself why that is... still wondering!!!!!! Love the pink and placing it in the house where you can enjoy it -- smart!

Peter said...

That's lovely. Do you have wild magnolia in your part of the world, or is that further south? We had hopes of Magnolia Grandiflora succeeding in our garden, but
the poor thing struggles and has only given us one and a half flowers... many years ago! Spring bulbs are starting to flower here. We have some nice snow drops at the moment... I must hop outside and take some photos before they go over.

Moannie said...

Gorgeous! Natures little trick...surprise, surprise!

Saz said...

l cannot tell you how much pleasure bunches of flowers and plants have brought me in recent months....

Carolina said...

Imagine how many disappointed visitors you would have had if you had given your post the title 'Naked Ladies' ;-)

Lovely coloured flower.

Arkansas Patti said...

I remember when you went Naked Lady shopping at Nitwits. Guess you got some vigerous ones.
Such lovelies.

rhymeswithplague said...

The term "Naked Ladies" juxtaposed with all those luscious pink petals makes me blush.

Around here, we say of English ivy: "The first year it sleeps; the second year it creeps; the third year it leaps."

My wish for today is that you would post more often.

Hilary said...

Oh beautiful.. but your flowers always are.

NitWit1 said...

WELL THERE IS HOPE.

My sister has them everywhere this year, but I think hers are in their third year. I remember she forced a bulb one year inside her house in December--can't remember if it bloomed or not. I told her that was not a good idea, but what do I know?

We have had them for about two weeks, a tad early. Y'all just thought you got them all out of the front bed by the deck!!!!

But think how much more glory you will have in years to come. I really don't think you can kill'em out.

Countrygirl said...

So pretty! I, like you, love flowers all year long. Great post!

JC said...

I always forget where I plant bulbs. How did your haybale garden grow? I've been away from blog reading. Must go back and catch up.