Sunday, January 15, 2012

Off to a Good Start

Amaryllis in bloom
A slightly belated Happy New Year!  I normally don't post in the dead of winter but this is something worth sharing.  My amaryllis have bloomed and they look terrific.  Unfortunately, I did not keep the tags for these bulbs so I can't provide their exact names.  I bought them at my not-so-local nursery.  They sell lots of varieties--some more exotic than others.  But if you want just basic white or bright red blooms, you can usually find them at your local big box stores beginning late October. 

Amaryllis take a little longer to get to the blooming stage than paperwhites.  Usually you can count 3 weeks from the time you plant a paperwhite to the time it blooms.  With amaryllis, it's more like 5 or 6 weeks.  Which explains why I never have blooms before Christmas because I never remember to plant the amaryllis that far in advance.  But I'll try to be more on the ball this year and I'll put together a little photo tutorial.

I'll return to weekly (or more) posts beginning in March when I start making preparations and placing orders for this season's garden.  Meanwhile, if you're in a cold place, keep warm this winter.  And if you're in a warm place, all I can say is, lucky you.

Amaryllis in bloom and paperwhites sprouting

Bookshelf:  Container Gardening Books


Swimray said...

I know what you mean about the bloom times of amaryllis bloom times. I planted one from Merrifield in November for a Christmas bloom: not too far off - it bloomed on New Years Day. I think it was a good 6 weeks.

I like that you combined two colors in one pot - and great colors together at that.

Miriam said...

Swimray: Happy New Year and thanks for writing. I think I'll shoot for planting amaryllis at the end of October this year and I'll probably stagger the plantings like I usually do with the paperwhites.

Hope you have some good things planned for your garden this year. --Miriam

Kathyana said...

This is fabulous, Miriam! Congrats on getting included in the Space Gardening book!! Your plants look very beautiful!!

Miriam said...

Kathyana: Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you like the blog and hope you'll come back for a visit. And let me know if you do any planting this season! --Miriam