Surprise Lilies

Surprise LiliesWe’ve been doing yard work this week, and one thing that has made it more bearable has been the appearance of surprise lilies, or as Felder Rushing called them this week on The Gestalt Gardener, Naked Ladies. I’ve also seen that they can be called Resurrection Lilies, which may be my favorite name for them. They pop up in our yard every year in late July or early August, and we see a few around our neighborhood. If we can remember where to dig, we may move a few bulbs this fall and separate them. Over the years, they’ve multiplied quite a bit, and since ours are all in the back yard, it would be nice to move a few to the front. It’s always nice to see these rise from the ground in the hottest months of the year. (By the way, the green around this clump is monkey grass. The lilies themselves have no foliage this time of year, though they do have fairly big leaves in wintertime, after the flowers are gone. The time to move them is when there is no flower and no foliage, which is why you either have to mark where they are now or have a good memory. Maybe this picture will help me in the fall!

Published by Kendall Dunkelberg

I am a poet, translator, and professor of literature and creative writing at Mississippi University for Women, where I direct the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing, the undergraduate concentration in creative writing, and the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. I have published three books of poetry, Barrier Island Suite, Time Capsules, and Landscapes and Architectures, as well as a collection of translations of the Belgian poet Paul Snoek, Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus. I live in Columbus with my wife, Kim Whitehead; son, Aidan; and dog, Aleida.

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