Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Amen! of Nature!

August's loveliest surprise!

Friday we had some lovely, light rain, and cool temperatures, and when I came home from an outing, I found the Magic Lilies blooming! Can you see the raindrops on them? Actually, I don't know the name of this flower. Everyone around here calls them magic lilies, because they appear as if by magic, and disappear the same way, leaving no trace behind. They have a long stem, but no foliage of any kind, and they have a heavenly fragrance. They are August's loveliest surprise! Anyone know their real name, or are they really magic lilies?

The meaning of Passion Flower is: Faith, religious fervor. And the color is a heavenly blue!

"The Amen! of Nature is always a flower." Oliver Wendel Holmes. Ah, yes it is!

Blue and white and lavender Amens! at Mammoth Spring State Park, in Arkansas, where I love to visit and take pictures.

"Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into."- Henry Ward Beecher.

After a wordy last post, I decided to show you a few of my flower pictures today. Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely Sunday, and a great week ahead, everyone.


Old Lady Lincoln said...

What lovely flowers. Thanks for sharing. Have one terrific Saturday and a heavenly Sunday.

Allergies are better, but still have them. But the shot did wonders for the joints, they aren't as stiff.

Pieceful Afternoon said...

The pink flowers are called Naked Ladies in CA - and are a member of the Amaryllis family. They grow the long strappy leaves in the spring - those then die back and in July or August the flowers shoot up out of the bare earth - so they appear to have no leaves - hence, Naked Ladies.

We had dozens of them when we lived in CA - and now I wish I'd brought some here to WA - they are not as prevelant here and cost a fortune to buy from the plant catalogs. I know they will grow here, just not the fad they were in CA. You'd see long driveways lined with the flowers in August - absolutely amazing.

Sandy said...

I love those magic lillies. Other than that I don't know their name, but I sure like the name you've given them. Such magical feelings looking at them. I like your flowers..yes indeedy.

Jmkdreak said...

Very nice! Beautiful flower pictures! Is the passionflower in your yard? I remember LONG ago when we brought you the fruits with seeds to plant. I miss our passion flower jungle that our old yard had.


Mike Golch said...

Nice photos. Sorry that I have not been around lately. been busy wiith other stuff. HUGS and God's Blessing to you my friend.Mike G. said that!(It's an A.A.thing of mine)

Janice Thomson said...

Beautiful lilies Renie - I'm intrigued by their lack of foliage. Lovely photos of all the flowers.
Also enjoyed your delightful dolphin story immensely!

Brenda said...

Hi Renie,
I visited your blog this morning but got distracted from commenting and had to come back. I saw a story about the Magic Lily on the internet, and it was interesting. They appear "like magic" in August from what may look like a dead plant, and can bloom until November. I don't know if that is true or not, but let us know if you find out more about it. Have a great weekend!

Dawn said...

I ran across your blog today and wanted to say hi! The flowers are beautiful!

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Renie,

I never saw the "Naked Ladies" until we moved here to Iowa. I don't know them by any other name, because, when I asked my friends what they were called, they said: "Naked Ladies."

But I think they have other names as well. All the flowers are lovely, God's creations can't be beat.

Have a lovely week-end.


Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Your flowers are lovely
We have Naked Ladies here too, and the name is Amaryllis. And I really enjoyed your story of Kati and the Dolphins. Well done, my friend. Glad you are having lovely weather, it's not too bad here. Glad you enjoyed the jokes, and don't apologize for
being late commenting. I am just always happy to hear from you and that you are doing well. Congrats on the latest writing success(and Check) Take care dear friend, Love, Merle.

Anonymous said...

Renie I call them Naked Lady. They are amazing. One day you see a naked stem and the next you have a treat in a beautiful work of God.
I like your name better.
They are part of the Amaryllis family.

Nonna said...

What a lovely post about the flowers. God has really blessed us with a rainy August,hasnt he? Very unusual for Texas. But I'm so thankful for it!Have a great week ahead!

audrey` said...

Dearest Renie

Wow! The flowers are so lovely and beautiful.
They're very unique and special creations from our Lord.

I'm so sorry that the link at my blog's footing wasn't showing just now.
The server for the Facebook could be very busy then.
It's ok now.
I manage to get an egg from there =)

Thank you so much for the alert, Renie.

deborah wilson said...


Those Magic lilies are really pretty! I'd like to get hold of some of them!

The blue Amens are pretty too - wouldn't it be nice if someone could get a rose to be a true blue?

Susie said...

Hi Renie,
Loved seeing your flowers! We call those pink flowers Naked Ladies here.
I like your name much better! They do smell heavenly. Bill has passion vine growing all over the back of his shop and the flowers are so pretty (and unusual)
Have a great week!

hippochick said...

Oh Renie,

They are just beautiful. I want some in my garden.

Thanks so much for sharing.

~hippo hugs~

Zen Ventures said...

wow they look really lovely. I don't think I've ever seen them around Charlotte except the morning lilies! They're the mystery of nature :)

The W.O.W. factor said...

How pretty, Renie! I've never seen the "Passion Flower" or the
"Magic Lillies". I do love flowers and I just have to be thankful for what my arid, hot & dry climate will allow me....which aren't as many gorgeous ones as you get to have!
Hope your week is filled with more beautiful flowers!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Friends,

Thanks to all who have been telling me that my magic lilies are called Naked Ladies! LOL. I Googled Amaryllis and Naked Ladies and got the real scoop. They are Amaryllis, also known as Belladonna Lilies, but commonly called Naked Ladies. Now, I am not sure of this, but doesn't Bella Donna mean beautiful lady? I think it does. So they are beautiful Naked Ladies! I think some folks in the Ozarks would be shocked at that, so I will not enlighten them. Let them keep thinking of the lovely lilies as Magic Lilies. Because, they really are magic. :-)



Gramma Ann said...

Thanks for your visit, and the correction of "Guard Duty" lol. I have since corrected it. Is it the same story that is in "Freckles and Wrinkles?"

Good Night and Pleasant Dreams;)

Tammy said...

Okay Renie, I posted my trip to Hungary just for took me all day to download my pictures...but I finally finished it at 3am this morning. There were so many more pictures that I could have posted, but there were just too many, so I had to pick and choose....I hope that you like them.


Linda said...

Your beautiful naked lilies are truly beautiful. I'm with you, I'll just call them magic lilies. Enjoyed your dolphin story very much and congratulations on your publication!

Tammy said...

If you have an email, I can email you all of the pictures that I have, there are so many more of us on the Danube and lots more buildings...I wish that I could have posted every picture that I had...I loved was amazing.

Red did have some amazing stories like you said and I would love to hear ALL of your stories....I love to listen to peoples stories. I will give you my email so that you can email me and I can send you all the pictures. I have two emails the easiest one is If you will write me, I will send you all of them.

I put it up thinking of you...

Tammy said...

If you have an email, I can email you all of the pictures that I have, there are so many more of us on the Danube and lots more buildings...I wish that I could have posted every picture that I had...I loved was amazing.

Red did have some amazing stories like you said and I would love to hear ALL of your stories....I love to listen to peoples stories. I will give you my email so that you can email me and I can send you all the pictures. I have two emails the easiest one is If you will write me, I will send you all of them.

I put it up thinking of you...

JennyC&F said...

They are such pretty flowers. Our flowrers don't bloomm that nicely!

China Pattern said...

Thanks for the poetry and flower information. I wanted to let you know that I may just get some truly spectacular Sunflower field shots here very soon! I am so excited. I see that a farmer did some late planting and they may come to flower in a few weeks. They are amazing in whole fields. I will post the pics if I get a shot.

Nancy said...

Beautiful, beautiful flowers!!! The raindrops on the magic lilies were just stunning!!!

I am trying to catch up on my blog reading. I put in busy days around here with 2 jobs, but I try to sneak in a blog here and there! LOL Wish I could read blogs all day long! Better than most books! LOL

(((((( HUGS ))))))

China Pattern said...

OMGOSH!!! I just saw the Sliver Boomer stuff. I am SO there. If it is ok with you, I am going to add you to my blog list. I am not a poet but I love reading it. I think the last poem I wrote was bad parody of "The Tiger" by William Blake back when the Cincinnati Bengals went to the super bowl with Boomer Esiason. Yeah, THAT long ago. LOL

Tina Coruth said...


Your flowers are beautiful! Yes, I can see the raindrops on the Magic Lilies - an exquisite flower. I think it is magic!

All your flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them. This is delightful!

I hope you are having a great week, my friend!


ancient one said...

Loved your flowers.. don't know what those magic lilies are.. they sure are pretty!

Rachel said...

Lovely flowers. I have heard the Naked Ladies called the Resurrection Lily also.

Nonna said...

Just checking in to see how my dear blogging friend is doing this week.

2 LMZ FARMS said...

Never heard them called magic lilies, down here we call them surpise lilies. Enjoyed looking at your pictures. HOpe you and yours have a blessed day.

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Thank you so much for your comments and glad you liked The Cherokee Legend, The Choices story and Buried at Sea. I liked them all.
I hope you got the rain that was forcast. It freshens everything up
and settles the dust. We need some too. Take good care, my friend,
Love, Merle.

Mountain Mama said...

I've never heard of magic lily' but I sure wish I had come. They are so pretty, like so many little blushing faces smiling up at you.

I like the quotes too.
God bless you dear Renie.

Dawn said...

I gave you an award on my blog - check it out when you have a chance!

Mary said...

Oh Renie, they are beautiful. I have never seen them before. You are so lucky to have them bloom where you can see them. They certainly look magical and yes, I can see the raindrops.

Take care, my friend. I think of you often by have been very busy writing this month, along with the renovations.


One Woman's Journey said...

I wanted to respond to you and thank you for visiting my 5 month journal. I will be looking at your post. I think we have a lot in common. Except I am new and not talented like you in writing or posting images. But I am learning!!!!
Take care and visit me again.
I think we live not to far from each other.

Nancy said...

Your flowers are just stunning, Renie! I have none except for the ones in my 2 porch planters, and they look like they've about had it for this year. It's been a hot summer for them this year, a very dry summer. Even with me watering them every day, it's just the same as that good ole rain water!

(((((( HUGS ))))))