Magic lilies! I love these unexpected flowers.
The bulbs send up leaves similar to those of daffodils in the spring. Then the leaves die off and for a month or so there is no sign that anything is happening. Then sometime in July I go outside and voila! Lilies!
They certainly earn their name. Bare stems with no leaves support ethereal pink lilies that last a surprisingly long time. This year the lilies were more beautiful than I ever remember. Perhaps those ground moles tunneling around disturbed the earth enough to allow the bulbs to expand? Whatever the reason, they've made a real show this month.
Other names for this lovely plant include: Surprise Lily, Resurrection Lily, Naked Lady, (Latin) Lycoris squamigera, and Hardy Amaryllis.