I couldn't believe my eyes. In Alphabet City. A few hundred feet from a motley crew of homeless guys fighting about whether one of them was a racist or not (he had called one of their number a cracker). I saw pink.
I thought they might be a slender form (cultivar?) of Amaryllis belladonna, known in the States as naked ladies, and in Cape Town as March lilies or sometimes Easter lilies, as they bloom towards the end of summer, where they emerge from a median in a busy highway near home, or on the mountains after fire. They are native to the southwestern Cape.
But I think they must be Lycoris squamigera. Also called surprise lily or...naked ladies. Common names, gr. And hardy to Zone 5. Holy moly.
Sign me up.
(And thank you to whoever gardens there.)