Thursday, September 27, 2007

Friday Show and Tell....Surprise Lilies or Johnny Jumpups........Pine Cone Lilies

It's Friday and Show and Tell over at Kelli's..........












These are the sweetest little red lilies......they pop up almost over night with their happy, red blooms......later the green foliage appears. They are known as Surprise Lilies or in our area Johnny Jumpups.....I have many of these scattered around.........


Many years ago, a friend shared this unusual flower with me........it is a Pine Cone Lily. The bloom begins as a small green pine cone shape. As it matures it grows larger and eventually turns a reddish color. The foliage looks very much like August Lily or Ginger Lily. If you touch the pine cone bloom, it smells like turpentine. It really does........

It is a fantastic conversation piece........children as well as adults are amazed by it.......

22 comments:

Anita said...

Oh Betty, what an unique flower, I've never seen it before!

By the way, the other white ones on your last post look lovely, too!

Have a great Friday with lots of interesting S&T's!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Susie said...

It's very unusual Betty! How strange that it has a turpentine smell!
:)

Jan Parrish said...

How awesome. I wonder if I can get that Pine cone like plant to bloom out here in dry Colorado.

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Joyfull said...

These flowers are beautiful. My grandmother planted both varieties and even though her old homeplace is deserted, these flowers pop up in the most unique places each fall. In fact, I need to go check these out and try to transplant some into my yard. Thanks for sharing, this brought back great memories for me.

dot said...

Betty, you have the most unusual flowers! I would sure like to smell the pine cone thing.

LBP said...

Oh my! I have never seen a pine cone lilly, but now I want one. Have just put it on my wish list!

Beautiful pictures.

Linda

ellen b said...

Your lilies are wonderful. I didn't realize there were these varieties. Blessings...

Myrna said...

I enjoy visiting your garden because you have such unusual plants and blooms! Thank you for so graciously sharing them with us.

Penless Thoughts said...

We have surprise lily's around here but I've never seen the ones shaped like yours. They are great.
Susan

nannykim said...

Wow isn't God awesome in His creation--I have never seen anything like that!! I can clearly see that Women are made in his image--I think of how they love textures, varieties of colors, etc and it is all part of the creative spirit God has given us, Praise HIm for his good gifts!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You really have some very interesting flowers, and they are so beautiful!

Katherine

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts said...

What unusual and pretty flowers! I had heard of Johnny-jump-ups but not the pine cone lilly. I bet it's fun to watch it grow and develop!

Mrs. U said...

This is fascinating!! I've never seen one before. Isn't God amazing!! He creates sooo many wonderful things!!!!

His,
Mrs. U

Kelli said...

I have never seen either of those flowers, Betty! They are amazing though! I agree, the lilies are very happy and the pinecone flowers are so unique....quite pretty, I think!

Hugs,
Kelli

Yolanda Elizabet said...

The lovely red lilies do not only pop up unexpectedly in the garden but also all over the bloggosphere. Very amusing to see. The lilies are very pretty, I wonder if they will grow in my garden. Perhaps it's too cold where I live.

I must admit being very fond of flowers with a scent, but I draw the line at turpentine. ;-)

Have a lovely weekend!

Cathy said...

It's a cute little thing. I have never seen one before. But I don't think that turpentine smell would agree with me too well. The white plant was pretty too.

Sharon said...

Beautiful! I love the color! You have such a touch with plants, you are amazing!

Smiles ~ Sharon

Barbara said...

They are so unusual and pretty.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Good Morning Betty....
I continued to be surprised with the many unusual flowers in your garden that I’ve not seen before. The pink lily is so pretty and the pine cone too. The perfume of flowers is to attract insects for pollination, I’m interested to know what insects are attracted to the smell of turpentine. Have you noticed? Marion

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I love the "surprise flower", my daughter in law just had some come up in her garden as well and they are beautiful. connie from Texas

Barbara said...

Hi! Betty
Thanks for comments. Brave? Didn't have time to think!
Next chapter is up now.
Love Barbara

Susan Graham said...

Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.
Have a nice time ahead.