As perennial flowers start their fall blooms of yellow and orange, one reliable plant blooms pretty in pink. Magic lilies, also known as surprise lilies or naked ladies, tend to bloom in Iowa in late summer in a synchronized manner. If you see them popping up in one part of town, you’ll see them in […]
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Naked Ladies: a flower out of sync?
Among the most reliable perennials in the Midwest are surprise lilies, also known as Naked Ladies and a host of other names. But, 2020 — a year full of unwelcome surprises — seems to have spawned another twist. Typically, the flowers are like clockwork. See them in one yard across town and you can be […]
Naked Ladies make late appearance in Iow...
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 […]
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 […]