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Sighted – Naked Ladies on the Coast

September 20, 2011
Naked Ladies blushing pink on the Mendocino Headlands

Naked Ladies blushing pink on the Mendocino Headlands

Until just a few days ago, I had forgotten about how many naked ladies show up on the hillsides of the Northern California coast this time of year. Although a native of South Africa, these pink gals just love the foggy, rugged coastal region near Mendocino. Right now, the golden-grey California hillsides of late summer are punctuated with patchwork swaths of pink when these girls come up — just before fall begins. And, we were lucky enough to catch them – bare, naked and beautiful.

In years past, I’ve been able to enjoy their rosy color in my own garden, but earlier this year, along with other toxic plants, I pulled as many as I could find. They’re poisonous, which was no good for our new pup who enjoyed sampling the flavors of any fun foliage she could find — and Amaryllis belladonna‘s straps were much too tempting this spring.

Although our naked ladies are gone from our garden, we are enjoying other pinks this time of year. Asters, Schizostylis, Kent Beauty Oregano, Erigeron (which was also growing along the Headlands), Autumn crocus (another known as ‘Naked Lady’, apparently)  and others return each late summer to remind me that pink isn’t just a color for spring.

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