Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ABC Wednesday - E "The Entertainer"

When I think of "The Entertainer," I think of Scott Joplin. What a musical genius!  Click on the photo below to listen to a Youtube recording.  :-)


A true Garden Entertainer is Lycoris squamigera (resurrection lily).  This plant is in the amaryllis family.  Often called Surprise Lily or Naked Lady, the early spring foliage appears alongside that of daffodils.

Where daffodil leaves have a more pointed tip, Resurrection lily leaves have a rounded tip.  The other, most significant difference in these plants deals with their blossoms.  Daffodils bloom in early spring, whereas Surprise Lilies are blooming right now.  They began growing here a week or so ago.  Pretty much the first of August.

Called Naked Ladies by many people, there is no sign of foliage when these plants bloom.  A stem with a flower bud suddenly begins to show through the soil, growing taller every day.  At about 2 feet tall, the flowers begin to appear!

Enjoy the "Garden Entertainer!"  :-)

An Exceptionally beautiful flower!  :-)
Thank you for your visit today.

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Roger Owen Green said...

Like many people, I got turned onto ragtime by the movie The Sting.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love your bike like thing and other structures. I just have one clump of naked ladies, and the blooms have pretty much faded already.

Thanks for your nice comment on my last blog post.

Leslie: said...

What a beautiful garden! Just lovely and peaceful looking.

abcw team

Su-sieee! Mac said...

You've got a lovely garden full of whimsy. I wouldn't mind taking a snooze in it. :-)
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Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Beautiful Lily! I will see if I can get it for my garden too, I like the pinkish color and that blooms this late. Great pictures!

Carver said...

What a beautiful garden and I have the same thought when I hear the term the entertainer. Carver, ABCW-Team

Shady Gardener said...

Roger, It's been too long since we've watched The Sting. will have to check it out! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Sue, My blogging friend, how are you? I'm sorry I've been fairly in absentia for quite some time! Glad for your visit. :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Leslie, This is our backyard. The No, So, and East sides of our house are pretty shady! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Susie, I often think the same thing! ;-)

Shady Gardener said...

Ni de Aqui, Thank you for your visit. I hope you are able to find these lilies! ;-)

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you for your visit, Carver. It's a happy tune! :-)

Powell River Books said...

You have an exceptionally beautiful garden. - Margy

Shady Gardener said...

Thank you, Margy! And thank you for your visit! :-)