the darling Lycoris radiata has arrived. Here long before I moved in. The flowers likely preceded the house. I like to think so. I don't have any red in the garden-but these-alongside the basement steps-appear every year around this time-though a bit early this year-and I love them. They are treasured.
their story, from The Southern Bulb Company-
In 1854 Commodore William Perry opened the ports to Japan aboard some of the U.S. Navy's first steam powered ships while under orders from President Millard Fillmore. Aboard one ship in the fleet was a certain Captain William Roberts, who had a keen eye for horticultural treasures. While in Japan, Captain Roberts acquired three bulbs of a plant with red spidery type blooms. His niece would later described the bulbs as being, "in such a dry condition that they did not show signs of life until the War between the States." These three bulbs survived and eventually thrived in their new North Carolina home before spreading across the Southern U.S.(text linked)