Today is certainly one of the most gorgeous #February days in #Oklahoma’s recorded history. And I’m so very #happy to be a part of another #100HappyDays.
The warmth was just too much temptation to resist, so I went out to rediscover my backyard. Yesterday, I found the results of a winter’s worth of enthusiastic strawberry growth.
Today, I found that the patches of #NakedLadies I’d planted in the fall of 2011 have finally decided to sprout. Their tiny, #emerald-#green buds are poking up by the dozens, shoving aside piles of winter mulch as if it were nothing more than an inconvenience, instead of a protective winter blanket….
You’re still stuck on the “Naked Ladies” part, aren’t you? You mean you don’t know what a Naked Lady is? Well, it’s no use asking me…my #grandmother always called them that, and so have I.
Here’s what I can tell you: These buds are always first out of the ground, usually in late winter or very early spring. Once free, they’ll grow tall and green, like day lilies tend to do, before sending up thick green stalks, about 18-24” from the ground. Finally, they’ll explode in a froth of trumpet-shaped lavender blooms, before wilting back to the ground.
And, for a few weeks, I’ll be able to proudly proclaim that I have Naked Ladies in my back yard.
Thanks, #Grandma. I miss you. (at The Valley)