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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Red Hot Pokers

My life in appalachia - red hot pokers

Red hot pokers – I have them growing in my yard do you?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    July 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Had not seen these before seeing them at Brasstown. Will have to check and see if they will grow here in Oklahoma.
    Flowers my folks had around the edge of their yard ( I think a type of amaryllis) were “naked ladies.” Pretty pink blooms on a single stalk that comes up in Aug. (in Okla.). My dad would call friends and tell them they should see all the naked ladies in his yard! (This story was even shared at his funeral service.)

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    Karen Larsen
    May 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I’m reading this a couple of days late, but I do have Red Hot Pokers and I love them! My husband and I went on a search for them last year and finally found a nursery that had some.

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    RB Redmond
    May 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    We had them at our old house, but don’t have them yet at this one. We get the vast majority of our plants, trees and flowers from the clearance racks in the Garden Center at Lowe’s Home Improvement, so whatever they’re getting ready to toss out is what we have. We bring them home, plant them well, and have only lost a couple through the years.
    God bless.

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    May 29, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Don’t have them but they look pretty.

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    May 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I was so pumped up about those Bob Whites I forgot the red hot pokers. I don’t think I’ve seen one around here they look like they are poison.

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    May 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    After reading B Ruth’s comment today and especially about the Bob White Hen running along the edge of the woods with the babies close behind, I just wondered if they and the partridge are one and the same. I remember how when as a boy I would stumble upon a hen and her babies in the field or woods and how she would play hurt to get your mind off her babies so they could hide. I made up my mind after being tricked over and over again that the next time this happened I was going to pick out one and watch it closely and pay no attention to the hen or the other babies. Well, it finally happened and I watched one baby go under a leaf between my feet. I was really thinking how intelligent I was this time. Guess what the leaves between my feet were few and not very deep. I slowly leaned down and lifted the leaf that the baby had gone under; It was not there. I guess I wasn’t as intelligent as I had thought @#5*8!. That little baby didn’t stop once it was under that leaf, it silently kept crawling till it was well out of sight. You know what, I’M GLAD IT DID!!! I wasn’t going to hurt it, I just wanted to look smart.

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    May 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I have two of these plants, but they are not quite so dramatic as yours. I get so excited when I see them standing straight; mine sort of fall over. Today was the surprise blooming of one of my Amaryllis plants. I have three – one is red and the other two are red and white.

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    May 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I don’t have any, matter of fact
    I’ve never seen these flowers or
    pine-cone looking burrs. But in
    the upper end of my garden, I am
    in constant battle with Johnson
    Grass. That stuff is terrible!
    Yesterday evening late, I planted
    sweet bell and haber(real hot
    something another) peppers…Ken

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    Mike McLain
    May 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I have never seen these before! How big are the blooms? I would love to put some out at our place, whenever we finally get settled into our own place.

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    May 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I do have them in my yard. Two big clumps of them. But I didn’t know that was their name. The woman who gave them to me said they are torch lilies. I guess they are as tough as they are pretty. The wind and rain beat the daylights out of my peonys and the irises but those didn’t seem to mind.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    No red hot pokers in my yard at Milledgeville, but my yard and the neighborhood have blooms galore of roses, Stella d’Ora lilies, and a variety of late spring beauties of one sort and another. It’s a little hilly in my section of town, and as I top a hill and see the shrubs, trees and flowers blooming, I almost think I’m driving on one of our hilly mountain roads!

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    Kerry in GA
    May 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I do. 🙂

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    b. Ruth
    May 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Yep, have the Red Hot Pokers. Used to have the yellow Pokers too. I had never heard of them until I stopped at a charity flower sale. The person that donated them told me that they weren’t as tall and were slower growing than the red. He only had a couple of plants, not as popular as the red. I still had to have them. They bloomed a couple of years and now have been overtaken by the Red ones.
    The Hummingbirds seem to love the Red Hot Pokers..They just don’t last long enough for me. I like to have plants blooming from Spring to Fall. So the only way is to plant different perennials
    blooming at different times in the year. The days of putting in annuals are fast fading except for a few pots.
    The prettiest ones I ever saw were the ones around the smokestack!
    I can’t remember the name of the road. We were so lucky to be in the area at the time of their blooming.
    Thanks Tipper….
    PS…I heard my first Bob White this morning. The first one we have heard in a few years. A few neighbors have been killing Coyotes as soon as they see one so I hope the Bob Whites will return. I miss seeing them run the edge of the woods with the little ones right behing the hen.
    The Redbellied Woodpeckers are growing fast and will be leaving the dead and dying tree in the front yard any day now. As soon as they leave the logging man will come for the tree. I may have him leave me a big stump to place a huge open bird feeder on. The Phobes babies have left the nest as well as the Titmouse babies. The Mockingbird is in the top of the Leland Cypress singing until his throat gets sore and then hopping up in the air and back down to start all over again. lol I haven’t seen my Rose breasted Grosbeak this year. I hope they show up. I put a feeder out of the way in the back yard away from noise hoping to attrack them back. Uh-OH…Too long talking about the bird scene…

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Wow how pretty! I’ve never seen these flowers before. Hope y’all had a wonder weekend!

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Those are beautiful! Wish I had some.

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    Bill Burnett
    May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

    These were one of my Mom’s favorite flowers and though she is no longer with us we have some of her “Pokers” which reminds me of her every time I look at them.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Yep, got me some red hot pokers in my yard too! Mine are past their prime areddy but they were as purty as yores last week.

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I don’t have any of them. I’ve always admired them in the seed catalogs. Our friend Bob took us out on Brasstown road, and stopped the truck just to admire some of them.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Nope, no Red Hot Pokers in my yard. Got some hostas and lilies though and several cats. LOL!

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