Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Mystery Flower

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there." ~ Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

My Mom called me this evening. 'There is a flower that has bloomed in the front yard and I don't know what it is or how it got there,' she says to me, 'You should come and take a picture of it because I don't know how long the bloom will last'.

What else could I do but grab my camera and head over. My Mom has lived in the same house for many years now. This is the first time we have ever seen this flower in the front flower bed.

It's very unique, not your typical Iris or Petunia. The flower sits on a very long stem and there are no leaves. There is only one and I'm guessing it grows from a bulb.

But, how did it get there? Can bulbs stay dorment for years and years...and then all the sudden sprout again? Anyone have any idea what type of flower this is?

Besides the mystery flower, I took some photos of the other flowers in the front yard. I would hate for them to feel left out. Besides, they are just as pretty even if they aren't as striking as the mystery flower.

I don't know the names of these flowers either. But, I love their hot pink color. And I do mean HOT pink. Very bright and lively.

Even the little green leaves look like mini-roses. I think this little bunch is getting ready to bloom a new flower.

And these are Forget-me-nots. Ok, ok..I don't know what they are called. I'm sort of bad with the flower names. But they sure are pretty with their light blue color and dainty flowers.

My Mom is so lucky to have a large pecan tree in her front yard. It gives just the right amount of shade for all these flowers to bloom and not burn to a crisp under the Texas sun.

The whole lower half of the house is bricked in the front. And there is ivy (er..I THINK its ivy..again with the names) growing all over and up it. Isn't that a nice contrast, the red brick with the green leaves?


  1. Beautiful! It's a red spider lily. Here's a link that has a little more info!

  2. Oh, I love really structural flowers like that one. Wait, I love pretty much all flowers. But that one is especially cool looking!

  3. Jinny, i LOVE your photos. i really enjoy your blog.

  4. the vine is Virginia Creeper. my neighbors have it and it takes over our side yard and one of the crepe myrtles. I don't think it can be killed.