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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Lycoris"


In spring, the strappy green leaves
emerge from the fertile earth
but bring no blossoms.

The leaves turn yellow,
then brown, and fade away.

In summer, surprise!

A sudden resurrection
out of the dry bare ground
raises flower stalks like magic,
pink lilies spreading themselves
in the sun like naked ladies.

* * *

Notes:

Lycoris is a type of lily with many different names including resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked ladies.  Both my parents and I have these, and they're beautiful flowers.

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Date: 2017-08-18 09:57 pm (UTC)
antisocialite_forum: A group of small round pumpkins in a very green pumpkin patch (Pumpkin Patch)
From: [personal profile] antisocialite_forum
Those are beautiful. I don't think anyone's seen that variety around here.

- S.

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-08-18 10:52 pm (UTC)
antisocialite_forum: A group of small round pumpkins in a very green pumpkin patch (Pumpkin Patch)
From: [personal profile] antisocialite_forum
We'll have to look for bulbs. Some people wanted to try naturalizing daffodils, but if resurrection lilies naturalize well they'd fit perfectly in that patch of field that got scraped raw by construction vehicles - the entire area is a scar of red clay. A lot of people are still pissed about that.

- S.

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-08-19 04:01 am (UTC)
antisocialite_forum: A group of small round pumpkins in a very green pumpkin patch (Pumpkin Patch)
From: [personal profile] antisocialite_forum
>> However, there are options: <<

I think we can do a few of those. We have plenty of grassclippings and a compost pile going. There's also some leftover hummus, garden soil, and sand I could spread around there. Leaves are easy too.

>> Dig-and-plug. <<

A couple of people have done that with smaller plants. The bronze fennel and native rosemary are still alive despite being planted in an area that got scraped over - the machinery somehow missed the plants. Somebody else planted a couple marigolds out there. They aren't *thriving* but they're still green and flowering. Potted marigolds from the store usually don't last through the cold season, but we have a few dwarf marigolds that were started from seed and are now trying to take over our garden. Those might tolerate the clay.

>> consider seed bombs <<

I love that idea. The area is public land between houses, so I don't have to worry that much about what I put there - case in point, somebody dumped a pile of bricks on that site a few years ago, and all the seasonal maintenance workers have one is bulldoze it out of the way. It's actually why we have the clay streaks now. >_< That's another rant, but it's easy enough to plant things there. I still like the idea of seed bombs; there's always a place to use them.

- S.

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-08-19 03:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
One "terrible" feature of clay soil is that ragweed loves it. And while ragweed likes to sequester toxic material like mercury in its stems and leaves, it is also, well... ragweed. Which the vast majority of humans are allergic to when it flowers.

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-08-19 03:45 am (UTC)
antisocialite_forum: A group of small round pumpkins in a very green pumpkin patch (Pumpkin Patch)
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So aside from that, it would be perfect. ((laughing))

There's a native plant sale at one of the garden centers near here, and I think it's biannual. If we get to go to it again, I'll ask around for plants that can reclaim clay. The soil here is either that or rocks with dirt thrown in, but there's still plenty of plant life, so there must be a few things that would like the field.

- S.

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Date: 2017-08-19 01:02 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
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Nice. It's probably Colleen's favorite flower. They were quite common around San Jose; we'll have to look for bulbs.

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Date: 2017-08-19 05:28 am (UTC)
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Gaaah. Outside they would do well, but most of our space is full of stuff already. I do wish we had a bigger yard. :/ I love lilies, but I can't grow them indoors because some are toxic to cats, and while Minion knows )From being with the family of multiples I lived with before coming back to us) to leave them alone, Siobhan doesn't. :/

-Fallon~

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