Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Naked Ladies Are Seen Cavorting in the Gardens at Linderhof . . .

Oh, my, is that scandalous or what?
But the gardens seem to be full of naked ladies!
Do you think anyone notices as they drive past?

In the Spring, this foliage comes
about the time of the daffodils and tulips and hyacinths
But nothing blooms
And then it goes away
And you forget about it!

And then one day in late July or early August

You see this in the garden
Called naked lady because there is no foliage
(And I think because they are pink --
like real naked ladies!)

Another name for them is "Surprise" Lily
(but I like Naked Lady better)
for all of a sudden
There is a flower and no leaves to let you know there should be a flower!

They are a pretty pink lily
From the amaryllis family
(Can't you tell?)
They look somewhat like amaryllis blooms!

Other names these lilies go by are
Resurrection Lily
(because they grow, die, and rise again)
Magic Lily
(because they "magically appear)
I, however, favor naked ladies
Because that's what my mother called them
And it seems just a little bit edgy --
to say that you have naked ladies in the garden!

And our town cannot be more scandalous
With naked ladies in the garden
And "Painted Ladies" along the sidewalks

One of our pretty Victorians in town
With the multiple paint colors on trim
That style of house painting is called
painted lady

Rose Haven
Just down the street from Linderhof
home to dear friend and antiquing buddy, Sally

And out in the garden
in all this heat
and no rain for the last week

Is this little guy
blooming it's heart out
Not stressed at all
And looking much better
than the petunias I spent good money on
for some of the pots!

And I've left it
to grow and to bloom
To outshow it's pedigreed brothers!


Bernideen said...

Love the flowers of summer and your Victorian neighborhood house.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

They're showing up here too. Our new neighbor has some and asked what they were. She was really surprised!

Beth said...

Hi Martha, No Naked Ladies have shown up yet in our garden, but the foliage was there and I expect to see them soon. Cute post!

RachelD said...

The Naked Ladies are sporting their bare selves on Jeanne's Backyard Neighbor on Pink Saturday today, as well.

Such stunning blooms, and the color is perfect.


Michelle said...

I have been seeing these leafless pink flowers all over and I didn't have a clue as to what they were...thank you for the info!