New arrivals of the season
Spider lilies (lycoris radiata) have made more of a show than they have for years. The rains must have come at just the right times. Thus far, they've all been appearing on the oak motte in the side yard. They're long-lasting blooms, whether in their natural state or as cut flowers, and the earliest ones, which opened one week ago, look just as good as the newest, and there are still more shoots appearing. The day before yesterday, we observed the first nubbins of oxblood lilies (rhodophiala bifida). Yesterday morning there were visible shoots everywhere; at suppertime there were dozens of open flowers; this morning there were even more. These are in profusion everywhere that they ever appear except for the oak motte, where so far there's only one shoot in evidence.