Tuesday, August 16, 2011


lycoris squamigera
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It's a lovely, lovely morning here.  At sunrise, the temperature was 68 degrees; the wonderful coolness makes it pleasant to be outside. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the table on my little patio while I drank my first cup of coffee and watched the cats stalk imaginary (or real) creepy crawlies in the grass.

Today is going to be a mowing day.  The much appreciated rain that we received last week, a total of five inches, has caused the grass/weeds in my yard to grow with abandon.  If I don't cut it soon, one of those threatening letters from the city fathers will show up in my mail box. Yarrrgh!

The lycoris squamigera , otherwise known as Naked Ladies, that I received two years ago from Carol and her husband (Coward's Corner with Luckie) have bloomed!  I am tickled pink! (pun intended) Naked Ladies get their name from the fact that, at flowering time, the plants send up only a bloom stalk - no leaves.  Each blossom-bearing stalk that you see in the photo above was, in April, preceded by the leaves of the plant, which emerge to gather energy for the bulbs from which the later flower shoots will emerge.  Mother Nature has provided an unusual, but efficient, method for blessing our gardens twice.

Closer view of the blossoms

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Did you hear about the chef who had to be fired after burglars took his stove?  He had become deranged.

Tomorrow is also a day.


Snap said...

Love your ladies and I'm so jealous ... rain and 68 degrees! GADS! You are torturing me! :D :D :D Deranged ... !!!!!!!

NitWit1 said...

Tbe Naked Ladies I have blooming are along our property line, an area we have not tilled to put landscape cloth on.But they have multiplied so much I intend to dig and put into our landscape pattern minus any Bermuda grass. They are maintenance free too.

I will dig these at the right time as we did before as they seem to bloom earlier than digging them in the spring.

I posted a couple of shots yesterday .

Sprayed house for fleas yesterday. It has been a bad year. Luckie takes Frontline Plus but I have suspected for a few years her fleas hves become resistant it, so switched her to a tablet. We will see. We have to spray outside which we are doing in spurts.

I used Raid carpet and home flea spray as it seemed less odorous to my COPD/asthma and a tad less toxic to humans and dogs. Now I am doing a few feet at a time blanket spray in the yard with a different chemical

Abby said...

We also call those "Magic Lilies". They are on my list for the bed on the south side of my house, which consists mostly of pink flowers.

Amish Stories said...

I was just passing through and popping on blogs that I've never been on before. So greetings folks from Lebanon county's Amish community. Richard

Pat - Arkansas said...

Richard/Amish Stories Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visit. Your blog site is very interesting; I've enjoyed reading the stories posted today.

Rose said...

Mine have not even started yet...we always called them Surprise Lilies but I like Naked Ladies better. I need to make a note to myself to remember that name.

rhymeswithplague said...

Pat, lovely yard, lovely garden, lovely pink flowers.

Lovely post.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Deranged, huh????? Funny!!!!

Glad you got some needed rain and now some cooler weather. Love your Naked Ladies... So beautiful....

Arkansas Patti said...

Isn't it amazing how quickly the brown crackly stuff becomes green again and needs mowed.
These days of late have to be our reward for suffering through a really rough summer. Purely joyful to go outside now.
Your naked ladies look lovely.

George said...

I'm glad you got the rain and the cooler temperatures, even if it does mean getting the mower out. Your naked ladies are beautiful. (I hope I don't get into trouble with Betsy for saying that).

Peter said...

Lush grass and naked ladies, it does sound rather like the garden of Eden to me!! So pleased that you are getting some cooler weather your way now, the heat must have been very trying. We think that your corner of Eden looks lovely by the way! P & L xx

Hilary said...

Those are lovely blossoms and an interesting plant, for sure. Your joke made me laugh out loud.