Thursday, May 30, 2013

Surprised by a star of bethlehem

The other day I woke up to a sudden display of starry white flowers strewn across the front lawn.

Since then, they've opened up in other spots too around the yard and garden. Plants I thought were crocuses that mysteriously failed to bloom have turned into a whole new species! What are they? I wondered. I don't remember seeing them at all last year, and perhaps we mowed at just the wrong time last year and just the right time this? Simply a faulty memory? I don't know.

A bit of research uncovered their name:  Ornithogalum umbellatum, also known as Star of Bethlehem. 

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