Serenity Sunday: Naked Ladies in the heat

Assuming that my title captured your imagination, please let me hasten to assure you that this is a family-friendly website and you’ll never see anything here you couldn’t share with anyone.  The Naked Ladies–yes, that’s one of their accepted common names; others are Belladonna Lily and Belladonna Amaryllis (the taxonomic one is somewhat less exciting: Lycoris squamigera) were given this rather unusual name, according to Wikipedia, because of “the plant’s pattern of blossoming after the foliage has died down.” They appear in our garden during the hot days of mid-summer each year in the shade of our sycamore. Naked Ladies 2086It was in the high 90s this past week, and they are flowering beautifully. It’s been quite windy too, making it difficult to catch them in a quiet mood, since the stalks that support each group of blossoms are nearly three feet tall and sway easily in the slightest breeze.  Naked Ladies 2112But I’ve found that calm moments are often well worth waiting for.  Don’t you agree?

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21 Responses to Serenity Sunday: Naked Ladies in the heat

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Especially like the lower image here. :)

  2. shoreacres says:

    I didn’t realize our naked ladies aren’t native. They’ve naturalized. I rarely see a planting of them: only a half-dozen or so scattered around a vacant lot, or a few marking a spot that surely was a house foundation in the past.

    They are beautiful. I’ve never seen this color, either. The Wiki entry says, “There are many common names around the world. For instance in the Azores, Portugal, one name is Meninas Para Escola (girls going to school) referring to the flowers blooming when the girls in their pink uniforms are starting the new school year.” That’s fun, although a quick image search suggests it’s quite an old-fashioned term. I found a few photos of the flowers, but the girls seem to have moved on.

    • krikitarts says:

      I admire your research (not for the first time) and am happy that, for our garden, at least, they have moved on. I always look forward to their blushing emergence.

  3. Vicki says:

    I like the lower image also. They are certainly showy.

    (having photographed them in the Botanic Gardens, I know how many blooms they get and how they bend in the wind – not necessarily easy to capture in the breeze, or isolate a bloom if there are too many in the background).

  4. krikitarts says:

    They certainly are. I had to stalk them from several angles to get the isolation I was after.

  5. So lovely! The light and texture of these images are splendid!

  6. You did an excellent job with the closeups.
    This flower is new to me.

    • krikitarts says:

      Wow! A flower new to the FlowerMaster? I’m honored and humbled, and thanks for the fine compliment!

      • There’s no false modesty, Gary, when I say that I’m not the FlowerMaster you take me for. Almost everything botanical that I know involves the native plants in central Texas. By extension, I’ve learned a little about native plants in other places. When it comes to cultivated plants, though, I know essentially nothing.

      • krikitarts says:

        Fair enough, Steve; I sit corrected. Be that as it may, I’m still in unabashed awe of the knowledge that you’ve gained and shared regarding the great diversity of flora in your neck of the figurative woods, as well as of the research you put into your posts, and I am looking forward to many more introductions to varieties new to my experience.

      • I’ve always found learning to be a great joy, and it seems you’re in accord.

  7. I will admit to having seen the other kind of naked ladies once or twice in a movie (not pornography but other kinds do have them) and will not try to impress anyone by saying I prefer these. However, I have never seen these naked ladies and, as opposed to the others, would purposely seek them out. Lovely flower shots, Gary.

    • krikitarts says:

      They are such attractive and rewarding subjects that I anticipate their appearance each summer with great expectation, and they inspire me to try for new ways of looking at and sharing them. I’m thinking about a new session with more of them in the picture while they’re in their prime, to give them a wider perspective. Thanks, Steve!

  8. Well worth waiting for, peaceful moments and naked ladies, both! I have a small patch in my garden as well. It always brings me a smile to watch the early leaves die back, knowing (well, hoping) what will come. I love these photos!

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