naked bud

naked bud

[′nā·kəd ′bəd]
(botany)
A bud covered only by rudimentary foliage leaves.
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So sudden is their appearance that, most years, these fresh and elegant autumn bulbs take many gardeners completely by surprise.The naked buds pop up like mushrooms through the bare earth and, in a matter of days, they have opened out into rosy-pink chalices, like giant crocuses.