Since we had some rain last week, I now have naked ladies springing up all over my yard! Now that I've got your attention, some of you may call them suprise lilies. Those of you who worry what other people think, probably call them that. That or you didn't have a grandma who called them that because she liked saying it I think! Naked ladies, suprise lilies...you say tomato, I say luscious round red orbs of deliciousness! ha! Calling them naked ladies sounds like some exotic flower. Well, they kind of are!
One day my husband called me from work and asked me if I knew what naked ladies were. When I said yes, he then put me on speaker phone for all the ladies in the breakroom. They had apparently been discussing them and my husband put his two cents in. They didn't believe he knew what they were and I was there to settle a friendly bet!
These are those plants that you see about now in Oklahoma springing up all over old homestead places and old homes in town. They don't ever really look like anyone planted them because usually they were planted so long ago that the flowerbed or fence or whatever they were planted beside is long gone. In the spring, they send up green long leaves that just sit there in the sun soaking up those rays. Not long around Memorial Day, they just die and everyone forgets they were ever there. Until now. When we finally get a good soaking rain about the end of August, they put up a stalk and on that stalk is a cluster of light pink lilies that smell heavenly! They are so unlike plants of August that it's a relief to see them.
I love naked ladies (he, he) because I know that the end of summer is almost here. The next thing that will appear are the chrysanthemums but they aren't a suprise. I can see them setting the buds so they will be here in a few weeks.
Here's a little southern speak lesson if you aren't from around here: Do you know that naked can actually be pronounced two ways? My husband, who has lived here most of his life, didn't either. This is actually my own rendition but here goes....two pronunciations of naked.
Naked- naked, without clothes - this is the one you know about. Example, Adam and Eve were naked in the garden.
Naked - necked pronounced in two syllables, neck-ade; this is without clothes doing something you should not be doing. Example; Bobby and JohnnySue was neck-ade in the woods!
My little lesson on southern speak for today!
Hope you smiled a little today!