A bloomin’ good time

Naked ladies in the woods

The foliage around Little Rock is mostly green. It’s as if the drought-stressed trees that managed to retain their leaves are trying to get one last blast of photosynthesis in  before autumn leaf drop. Peering out the office window, this clump of red was like a beacon in an ocean of green. The red turned out to be a clump of lycoris,  known as naked ladies or surprise lilies, since they seem to spring out of the ground with no warning.

REACHING OUT — Naked lady lily reaches out with its anther and filaments.
IN THE WILD — Group of surprise lilies in a green belt near Coleman Creek in the University District of Little Rock.

February’s flowers

Feels more like Florida than Arkansas in winter today. Daffodils have run amok everywhere, as have henbit, spring beauties, dandelions, quinces and even the tree buds are swelling, getting ready to birth the first leaves.

The lawn this afternoon was full of  tiny flowers that look like four-petaled forget-me-nots  and the mysterious sweet jasmine-like flowers that pull honeybees out of hiding.

STAR SPANGLED -- Blue flowers scattered across a field of green.
GROUND LEVEL - Tiny blue flowers hug the ground.
POLLEN-COVERED -- Honeybee is powdered with pollen as he makes his rounds on a warm, sunny February day.