Lord, it is time.
The summer was very big.
Lay thy shadow on the sundials,
and on the meadows let the winds go loose.
~Ranier Maria Rilke
The beauty in the photo above, like the summer sun, is the color of gold. And her petals have slightly wavy edges that seem to mimic the summer’s waves of heat that lead up to her appearance in the garden where she winks at people passing by with her long, wispy eyelash-like stamen. In Latin the word “stamen” means “thread of the warp,” and it was Emerson who birthed the idea that “days are made on a loom whereof the warp and woof are past and future time.” Apparently what he said ‘tis true since these threads of the warp are definitely forerunners of the future. When they appear in the garden, hurricane season has begun and autumn is drawing near. But who is she, this fair maiden dressed so elegantly in gold? She and others like her are called Golden Spider Lilies, Naked Lilies, Surprise Lilies, Golden Hurricane Lilies, and/or Lycoris. But whatever one calls them, they’re always dressed in their rich, apricot-yellow-orange finery, and their blooms which appear late in the summer after their leaves have disappeared create a lovely sweeping quality in the garden. The official name of the species is Lycoris aurea, and it originated in China where it is known as “Hudixiao” (Suddenly The Soil Shines). But she is not an only child; for she has an amazing sibling, Lycoris radiata, the Red Spider Lily.
Now look again at the yellow one. I deliberately blurred the outer edges of the photograph so the heart she was forming in the middle was more noticeable.
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in Heaven above and on earth below. There is no other. ~Deuteronomy 4:39 ✝