Surprise lillies produce green leaves in early spring that wither away and the flowers arrive in late July, pink on two foot tall leafless stems. These two foot stems grow overnight, hence “surprise” lilly, holding four to six pale pink flowers. In another poem from my old blog I described them as seashells on a stem.
Surprise lillies are also called magic lillies or resurrection lilly. Last year I ordered six surprise lilly bulbs and planted them near our mailbox. Within days some rodent had dug them up, so to spare my new bulbs from becoming rodent dinner, I pulled them out promising to replant them in the spring. Except, here are my six surprise lillies exactly where I dug them up with healthy green leaves! What the *&^!? Now that’s a magic resurrection surprise!
I’m the April fool
Spring sprouting by the mailbox
Lillies of surprise