Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Up & At 'Em

Once again I have to see what my flowers look like over at Ramona's yard!!! She emailed me these pictures last week. They are amaryllis I had in my yard and I shared them with her. There were probably over 200 bulbs in my yard. They had not been divided in 15+ years until last year! They had never bloomed while I have been there, I believe the masses where too big. In September I finally divided them and shared them with the Garden Club ladies. Mine have not bloomed yet....but go figure Ramona's have!!!! Mrs. Brown said this particular type is a St. Joesph's Lily, and it is one the oldest known amaryllis. I have mentioned before the my next door neighbor once lived in my house (around 18 years ago). They left these amaryllis and many daylilies behind. They told me that these amaryllis came out of Mr. Otis' grandmothers yard. This is what started my fascination with heirloom bulbs.
Now the amaryllis below was given to me by WC Gardener. It is an Apple Blossom amaryllis. It was just a little bulb when she passed it down to me. The strange thing about this to me is, is that the flower bloomed before the leaves came up? Is that normal for an amaryllis. I thought the leaves came first, then the stalk??? Chicken or the egg???? Oh well, either way it bloomed, and I am not interested in its leaves!
Leaves just beginning to poke up
What a pretty thing!
Magnificent!
Now lets see how long it takes my others to bloom!

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