Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Naked Ladies

No, not that kind. This kind:

They are called "naked ladies" because their leaves die before the flower stalks emerge, an adaptation to environments with a wet spring but dry summer. Those stalks look like weird little aliens sprouting from the soil: tall green rods with fat pink buds on the ends. I strongly suspect them of having inspired some science fiction paintings I've seen.

This is probably my favorite type of lily. I love how they show all the pastel colors in a blur of peach, pink, lavender, pale blue, butter yellow, and green.
Tags: gardening, illinois, personal, photography

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