I enjoyed the foliage behind my fence for several years before I realized the fleeting bright spot of color just at the edge of the creek bank was a flower and not just a brightly colored falling leaf.
It was a cluster of Red Spider Lilies. Also known as the Hurricane Lily, Surprise Lily, and scientifically as Lycoris radiata.
Then it was another year or two before I timed it right to see them bloom and dig them up after the blooms faded. I wanted to put them where I could enjoy them every year and not just catch a glimpse out the back window.
I found nine stems crowded together. I’ll separate them when the blooms fade and maybe get a few more flowers next year. I’ve built a bird bath out of a wooden stool at the other end of the garden. I’ll put a few bulbs beneath it, they’re the perfect height to give a pop of color under the bird bath.