I may be rather old fashioned, but that comes from my Victorian grandmother’s side of the family. She wouldn’t even refer to a stud horse or a bull by those names, but rather thought up euphemisms for such things, such as the gentlemen. Yet when it came to the beautiful pink lilies that emerge after their initial leaves have died away, their stalks standing talk and naked–their true name which is Belladonna, often called surprise lilies–she always called them naked ladies.
Indeed that’s what they look like, and we have bunches of them in several spots in our country yard. They are in glorious bloom right now. Since so few flowers manage to bloom in the heat of July and August these ladies are a welcome sight when all else save some Rose of Sharons (or would that be Roses of Sharon?) still struggle to show off their bright colors.
The wildflower kingdom is a bit different, for we still have all manner of sunflowers and daisies displaying their golden brilliance in ditches and at the edge of the woods. This morning I gazed into the shadowy wilderness that surrounds our yard and thought how beautiful this year’s foliage is. With so much rain it is more like a rain forest than a typical almost-August Ozark woods.
Jade green leaves of oak, maple, hickory, and black walnut are lush, while the plate sized lighter shade sycamore leaves brush against each other to sing in the breezes that blow on our north slope in the early evening to dark. The crisp fragrance of fresh-cut grass, still thickly green, floats in our windows flung wide to accept every breath of fresh air. No air conditioning to mar our enjoyment of the outdoors. The cloudless sky is so blue it appears to crackle in the sunlight.
Just sharing a typical day here at our place tucked up against the Ozark National Forest and a part of the White Rock Wildlife Management Area along the banks of Strickler Creek. Hope you’re having as beautiful a day as we are.
This is where I create my books, novels and stories. Beyond the Moon will be out in late August and I’m ecstatic about its release. I know you will enjoy this love story that you’ll remember for a long, long time after reading it. Glen and Katie will grab your hearts and minds with their courage and impassioned devotion.