On my walk earlier this week, I found some interesting flowering plants that I wanted to share with you.
And since I didn’t know too much about them (other than a name), I figured that was as good as any excuse to do a bit of research.
First up, Naked Ladies.
Whoa, Debbie, I didn’t know your blog was rated Mature.
You’re right, it’s not.
“Naked Ladies” is one nickname for Amaryllis belladonna. You can see why when you view the picture:
Growing 2-3 feet tall, this beauty produces delicate pink blossoms on a green, leafless stalk. Naked Ladies are native to South Africa and are grown from a bulb. They bloom in mid- to late-summer (if they feel like it!) and are deer- and gopher-resistant.
They’re also poisonous, so do not ingest any part of them!
Next, we have Hostas:
One of the easiest-to-grow garden perennials, Hostas like shade or sun and range in height from 2 inches to three feet. Native to China, Japan, and Korea, Hostas come in a variety of sizes and colors, and they produce blooms ranging from white to purple. (You can see the lilac bloom emerging from the plant on the bottom left above).
Hostas are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Slugs and snails are their most common pests.
Third is some kind of lily:
I don’t know the fancy gardener’s name for this beauty, but when I saw it, I knew I had to reach for my camera.
How simply stunning — made even more so by just how many blooms there are!
Lilies typically reach 2 to 6 feet in height, need regular watering, and thrive in full sun or partial shade.
And last, but by no means least, my all-time favorite, the Crepe Myrtle:
Okay, I pruned this just as I was instructed in late March, but as you can see, it refuses to shape into a tree, and seems to want to remain in a bush-like state. My aunt says it’s healthy and good-looking, so I should leave it alone.
Maybe it’s just trying to tell me something deep: Be what (and who) you were created to be.