The arrival of Naked Ladies (Amaryllis belladonna)

Amaryllis belladonnas, August 2002, originally uploaded to flickr by amarguy.

These pink divas always seem to always arrive earlier than we thought they did in years past – perhaps because they always catch us unaware! And their incongruously candy pink color and sweet fragrance belie their tenacious toughness. Personally, I love how they signal the coming arrival of our mediterranean fall – what seems the start of the gardening year to me, when things ‘come back to life’ after our summer dormant period (the warmest and driest months of the year). Excitement builds as the skies tease at releasing some long awaited rainfall, and many plants seem to know of this impending arrival of a change in weather, starting to put on new buds, leaves, flowers. Fall/winter is certainly our growing season, and many species are rushing to get their seeds produced just in time for the start of the rainy seasons.

It’s all so exciting!


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