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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?

10 Comments to “A Naked Lady in the Garden”
  1. Mangochild on August 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

    I love lilies, and those are one of my favs. As you said, the late blooms make them a happy surprise when the come out, after the early rounds are long gone. Glad yours came out so quickly!
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  2. warren on August 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

    My 82 year old neighbor has naked ladies…about 50 or more I suppose…she is so proud of her naked ladies!
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    • Susy on August 10, 2009 at 9:57 am

      This is like one of your blog titles (as illustrated by the title showing up on your commentluv). Thought you’d get a kick out it.

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  3. on August 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Nothing but garden porn here :)

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  4. Rebecca on August 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    My mother would always point out ‘naked ladies’ when we were driving down the street when I was a kid. It took a few years before I realized they were flowers. I just thought we were in a bad part of town. You know, right next to the Catholic school and 2 other churches in a tiny town of 3000.

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  5. Pampered Mom on August 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    What a gorgeous flower – love the name!
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  6. Metal Garden Sheds on August 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    My grandma used to always point out naked ladies when i was younger. It was clearly something from her childhood.

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  7. JIm Post on October 22, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Where does the “Naked Lady” come from? Has any specific meaning?

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    • Susy on October 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

      I think it comes from the fact that the leaves come up and die back, then the blooms emerge without leaves, which makes them look naked compared to other bulbs.

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