Thursday, August 4, 2016

Naked Ladies

Our Surprise Lilies popped up out of the ground on Monday and are now blooming. These are interesting lilies that come up every spring from bulbs, have an abundant number of narrow leaves and die back after about 6 weeks. Then in early August they come up with stems growing several inches/day and bloom. The are natives of South Africa but were documented in Italy before 1750. Their technical name is Amaryllis belladonna. In addition to the common name of Surprise lilies, they are also called "Naked Ladies".  My Mother had them for years and always had fun with their name.

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