Thursday, August 18, 2016

barreling up

barreling up
from bare ground, naked ladies --
once again, surprise!

In early August our naked ladies made their dramatic appearance. Over just a few days the leafless arrowhead stalks shot up, unfolded into a cluster of magenta tongues, followed by fragrant ballerina blossoms. They didn't last long. A hard rain beat the shell pink petals into brown tatters. In other yards the late bloomers are still blooming in rows like chorus girls. The biggest surprise this year was the lone resurrection lily rising from what for many years was a circle of magic lilies growing incongruously in the middle of our yard. Maybe the dormant bulbs got too much rain this summer. I didn't plant any of these lovely ladies, but I hope next year the ones by the front door magically return.

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