In a topsy-turvy gardening season, when June clematis are blooming in August, an Iowa favorite known as Naked Ladies have finally made an appearance. Also known as surprise lilies among other names, the perennial flowers possess an astounding synchronicity, blooming at the same time throughout the region. For the past several years, they have popped […]
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Surprise! Lilies make early appearance
This year has been one surprise after another, with extremely extended winter weather into April, followed by sweltering summertime heat in May. Many fall bloomers were in full glory by mid-July and already a few days ago, surprise lilies, which reliably come up at the end of July or early August, were making their annual […]
Watch for Naked Ladies begins in Iowa
If you haven’t seen them already, be on the lookout in the next several days for Naked Ladies, also known as surprise lilies. They’re a bit ahead of last year in our neck of the woods in Cedar Rapids, but generally make their annual appearance in late July or early August. The “surprise” comes, as […]
Surprise lilies make summertime appearan...
Like clockwork, surprise lilies, also known as “naked ladies” are making their annual appearance. The perennial flowers sport lovely foliage early in the season, which disappears with the summer’s heat. By late July or early August, pink flowers tinged in blue simultaneously pop up, seemingly out of nowhere. Other names, including magic lily and resurrection […]
Are you seeing Naked Ladies?
It’s that time of summer. Not the one where people shed their clothes, though that might be happening somewhere, too. This is the magical moment when naked ladies, also known as surprise or resurrection lilies, simultaneously appear after being nearly invisible for the majority of the season.