Friday, September 26, 2008

Radiant lycoris radiata

The striped leaves have appeared for years in the front yard, all by themselves, apart from other places that sprout leaves each year, and very occasionally flowers. This particular clump of leaves has never, ever produced a flower. Until this year: bud-stalk yesterday; flowers this morning. On the other hand, this is so far the only spider lily that has bloomed. I love the way that a perfect circle is formed. These make beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers, but it has been years since I've been able to bear to bring any indoors. I like this description, although it doesn't emphasize the texture of the petals and the way that there's a perfect circle of blossom atop each stalk.


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