After a full week of warmer temperatures, the three bulbs of Hippeastrum 'Luna' I planted in a single pot exploded into bloom. In addition to the stem I cut for a previous IAVOM post two weeks ago and the two I cut this week, there are still seven flower stalks, almost all of which are in full bloom. The longer stems allowed me to to go big this week, using a heavy lead crystal vase I received as a birthday gift a few years ago.
|The thick stems and top-heavy blooms of the Hippeastrum required the support of an equally heavy vase like this one. Thank you D!|
|Back view: I used stems of Polygala fruticosa, a paperwhite-type Narcissus, and Aeonium arboreum as fillers. The foliage is Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt', which is showing signs of developing the tiny yellow flowers that I've only seen once before.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt', Aeonium arboreum, Polygala fruticosa, Hippeastrum 'Luna', and noID Narcissus tazetta|
Spring flowers are already making their first tentative appearances here so I cut a hodge-podge of pink blooms for a second, more demure arrangement.
|It's normal for us to see clear signs of spring in February but I expect the combination of a wet December and the warm, dry January weather is moving the schedule along. I couldn't find any previous record of Anemone coronaria blooming in January.|
|Back view: After a very brief hiatus, the pink Scabiosa columbaria is back|
We're looking forward to an end to the strong Santa Ana winds that plagued parts of California last week but there's no rain in sight at the moment. Long-range projections currently suggest that our best chances for measurable rain won't happen until after mid-February. Can you hear me sigh?
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