Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday Vignette: Bloom Day Postscript

Isn't it always the case that, as soon as you post your photos for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, a wonderful something or other pops into bloom?  For today's Wednesday Vignette, I have photos of 2 plants that deserve their moment of glory.

The Hippeastrum papilio (aka Butterfly Amaryllis) bulbs I planted in a hanging basket in late November are blooming!  Or at least 2 of the 3 bulbs are.  One has a second bloom stalk too.  The Lotus berthelotii I planted with them aren't flowering on the same schedule but I'm still thrilled.  I'm going to plant these in the ground after they've faded to see if I can get them to naturalize.

These aren't actually new blooms but rather blooms that have shifted in color within the last week.  This is the larger of my 2 Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' shrubs.  The yellow bracts surrounding the cones have taken on a decidedly rosy color.  The color shift is more pronounced than in prior years and more evident in this plant than its smaller counterpart.


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16 comments:

  1. Great view, foreground and background. The amaryllis looks stately and sculptural.

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    1. I can't tell you how many photos of the amaryllis I took, Ian, but this one, with the sun highlighting the flowers' petals and the blue sea in the background won the selection process hands down.

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  2. Hippeastrum papilio is a stunner and that blue sky is pretty darned special too. The sky here? Fifty shades of gray.

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    1. I don't know, Peter, I've heard that fifty shades of gray is pretty exciting!

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  3. Love the Amaryllis, so happy you gave it its day of glory. I hope it thrives for you in the ground.

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    1. The bulbs I planted in my old garden astounded me with their vigor but I've yet to have the same kind of luck with those I've planted in the ground here, Alison. I'm going to try these 3 bulbs in a more hospitable location in the hope that my luck will change.

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  4. Love your Hippeastrum - I've seen it in catalogs, yours look even better!

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    1. This is the first time I've grown H. papilio and I was very pleased with its appearance but I'm still hoping that third bulb will produce a flower stalk.

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  5. Both are so beautiful! I have much admired your 'Wilson's Wonder' from previous posts. My own Amaryllis is still tucked inside the soil. Not even a tip of green leaf showing.

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    1. We've been MUCH warmer than you have, Deb, which probably accounts for the difference with the amaryllis. I hope yours come through as your weather improves.

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  6. It blows me away that you can grow these outside! H. papillo is a beauty for sure. I hope you will have a whole patch of it eventually. ��

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