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A Naked Lady in the Garden

August 10th, 2009

I was just as surprised as you when my grandma said, “Oh look at the Naked Ladies in the garden”. She was referring to Lycoris squamigera of course, also known as the Resurrection Lilly, Miracle Lilly, Surprise Lilly, Magic Lilly and of course my favorite, the Naked Lady!
The wonderful thing about these lilies is that they bloom so late in the year. They send up their foliage in spring along with a lot of the other spring bulbs, but they don’t bloom until a few months later after all of the foliage dies back. Then all of a sudden, long after you’ve forgotten they were there, in the garden appear these wonderful pink flowers atop these long slender green stems.
My mom gave me these earlier this year. I was wondering if they would bloom since I planted them just this year. Much to my surprise the popped last week, giving me the perfect title for a blog post!

Have you ever heard of the Naked Lady Lilly? Any other great plant names you know of?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.