One of my particular favourite flowers "Tricyrtis"came into bloom this week.........although it's inclined to get rather tall in our shady garden it always flowers so well. It is commonly known as the "Toad Lily" because of its value? in attracting frogs & tadpoles. The reasoning behind this is a long and complicated story and one of the outcomes of THE TASADAY HOAX during the 1970s. As part of the hoax the Tasaday showed expedition members their incredible cave man ability to catch frogs. This involved first crushing Tricyrtis imeldai (named after Mrs. Imelda Marcos) all over their arms & hands, claiming the odour was a "frog attractant". Thus it was that the common name "Toad Lily" came to be used because of the plants "alleged" value in attracting frogs & tadpoles to people's fingers. If you'd like to read more about the hoax I found a couple of sites which seem to cover the story quite well BBC - h2g2 and Paghat's Garden
BTW don't forget to keep an eye out for the Perseids meteor shower in the early hours of Monday morning....approximately 3am UK time for all you night owls.