The Common Fringe-lily, so-called, is an exquisite flower on a slender, branched stem that’s often unable to carry the weight of the multiple large, showy flowers it bears. But this fringe-lily is anything but ordinary. We’ve never seen so many in our patch of forest here at Boho South, not in the 30 years we’ve been walking this forest – this year there are hundreds of them along the paths we frequent. Where did they all come from? Have they been dormant? Have we been dormant (!), or just missed previous displays on this scale? [click on a pic to start the slide show]
On a walk the following day, the mystery was solved. On Saturday, there were fringe lilies almost everywhere we looked. On Sunday, though the weather was warm and sunny, like Saturday, we had to look hard to find a handful. Almost all the bright, showy blooms of yesterday had closed and were near invisible. It seems the flowering period, at least for individual flowers, lasts only a day or two. For more on the variety of lilies, their flower morphology and how they fit into the plant world, read the Esperance Blog.
But the joy didn’t stop with the fringe-lilies – a seeming multitude of small blooms beckoned whenever we got down on our knees to explore: daisies, violets, bluebells and more. And the sedge moth (Glyphipterix ?chrysoplanetis) seemed attracted to many of the flowers. The joys of a late Spring.
Any corrections to my plant IDs gratefully accepted.