Surprise lilies, magic lilies, naked ladies — whatever you call them, Lycoris squamigera is probably one of my favorite flowers. Bear in mind that when I say I have a favorite flower, you should take it with a grain of salt. Once I asked my mother what her favorite flower was, and after a short thought she said, “Whatever one I’m looking at.”
I have a lot in common with my mother! But I do have a soft spot for this flower because it blooms during the hottest and driest part of the summer. My mother always called them Naked Ladies, because they come up looking very bare, with no foliage around them. But magic lilies and surprise lilies are great names too, since they really appear from nowhere in a great hurry.
Last Monday, I was admiring the Lycoris that had come up along the back of the house, and under the redbud tree too. I wondered where the rest of them were, as I was seeing no signs of them.
On Wednesday morning, I noticed that there were a few heads starting to poke up from the ground in the area where I had been missing them. I didn’t get out there to take a picture until Thursday, and by then the few heads had gotten pretty tall and had been joined by quite a few more.
The speed of development impressed me, so I decided I should take a shot every day to document it.
This is Friday morning.
Of course, I missed Saturday. But this is what it looked like on Sunday.
The whole garden was really quite lovely in the late afternoon light.
Can’t resist a close-up portrait.
I managed to capture one of the hummingbirds during a regular visit to the purple hyacinth beans that share the arbor with the wisteria.
They are hard to capture as they don’t stay put very long, and they are quite suspicious of the noises the camera makes when it turns on.
In other news, Miss Mallory has developed a fascination for her water dish, and spent the afternoon the other day trying to figure out why she could not dig a hole in the water. She also likes the harvest baskets. I know I shouldn’t encourage her, but she is teething and finds the handles convenient to chew on.
I prefer having her chew the baskets than my fingers, so I guess I won’t stress too much about it. If I was going to stress about anything, it would have to be all the claw marks my nice leather furniture now sports. I’m not sure exactly how you fix things like that, but I suppose I’m going to have to find out.
Today I am going to visit my physician and find out why I am suddenly the proud owner of dozens of floaters and an intermittent lightning flash in my peripheral vision. Hope it is nothing too serious, while my extensive knowledge makes me quite fearful that my retina has decided to come loose to some extent. This all just started a couple of days ago, so at least if something is going on, it will be cared for quickly. I’d really hate going blind in one eye.