Surprise, The Spider Lilies Are Blooming

I headed out this morning with Cammie and Maggie for a morning walk and surprise, the spider lilies are blooming everywhere…

spider lilies

we just had to stop here and there for the photo opportunities…

spider lilies, Cammie

spider lilies, Maggie


Truly one of the pass-along plants, the bulbs are often spotted in old gardens and cemeteries.  Let a good rain shower come along in late September and the spider lilies begin their show.  My grandmother always called them surprise lilies.  They are usually a surprise for they emerge quickly from the bare ground on narrow green stems and unfurl themselves seemingly overnight. I have also heard them called “British soldiers” and “Guernsey lilies”.  Their botanical name is Lycoris radiata.

Whatever they are called, I love them…

spider lilies

Spider Lilies

on the lookout for more spider lilies…

spider lilies

we hope your day has a nice surprise in it…

spider lilies


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  1. darling photos of the pups! oddly enough my spider lilies came early this year, maybe mid August. I love them. pgt

    • says:

      Hmm, another friend says that they are later here than she remembers. Maybe the weather has something to do with it? I loved your Dior photos pgt!

  2. Debbie Cannon says:

    Love it!

  3. Marilyn Brookes says:

    I have always heard them called “naked ladies”. I suppose this is due to the lack of foliage . They are delightful!

  4. Kathryn Sams says:

    Loved reading your thoughts on the spider lilies and seeing your photos. Your dogs are adorable. Thank you Pryor for forwarding it to me.

    • says:

      Thanks so much Kathryn. And thanks for reading. I was bragging about your hydrangeas yesterday! Thanks for the forward Pryor!