All four of our Hellebores are throwing up their Spring blooms and putting on new foliage. I've covered these earlier this year - and how they emerged really early (like...a MONTH EARLY) . Last year, I added three new ones and will likely buy more this year at the Morton Sale. Below are a few photos showing these Winter/Spring flowers in early April. First...all four of them: Then, a little closer look: And, finally....a ground-level look: Upward-facing blooms - and breeding these to face up - has been a breakthrough and provide even more enjoyment for this Zone 5b gardener (or...plantsman...lol).
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The last of the new Amaryllis bulbs is in full bloom this season. A week ago, I showed the Flamenco Queen flowers on a very tall, slight stalk . Today I'm posting a photo of the red and white striped Sunshine Nymph in full double bloom. This is the second-straight season that we've grown the Sunshine Nymph and in both situations it bloomed after Christmas. Here's last year's post from early January (just about a year ago today) when that version of the Sunshine Nymph was in bloom . I attempted to keep and force last year's Sunshine Nymph this year , but so far, no stalks or buds.
We didn't get Christmas blooms out of this Flamenco Queen Amaryllis bulb, but the wait was worth it. I last posted a photo of this plant at the very end of 2022 and showed the stalk had shot up with a bud at the tip . Today? It is wide-open. And has two of the most-striking flower blooms on opposite sides of the stalk that we've ever grown. See below for a look at the Flamenco Queen with red and white-striped petals and a lime-green center. Below is a photo showing that 'opposite' set of blooms. And the two more that are on their way: This is also - by far - the tallest, lanky-est Amaryllis we've ever grown. Even after we 'poisoned it' with an alcohol mix in December. How tall? It is showing blooms that are 25.5" above the top of the bulb. See below for the measurement: It has started to lean, so I stuck in a plant support that you can see below. The hard part with these Amaryllis bulbs and plant supports is that the width of the bulb forces
One of the most unique evergreens (or mostly-evergreen) perennials that we have in the garden are the Hellebores - or Lenten Roses - that are planted in our backyard on the northside in the front of the border. What started with just one, is now four. We added three new Ivory Prince Hellebores at the Morton Arboretum sale this past season . Here, below are the four Hellebores - one Sally's Shell, three Ivory Prince: The three newly planted (in 2022) Ivory Prince Hellebores are planted in the triangle shape *around* the Sally's Shell. Size-wise, it seems that at least one of the new ones has caught up to the Sally's Shell. What's really striking about these is that the foliage persists well past the frosts. What typically happens that by late Winter, this year's foliage will die back and one of the first things we'll see is the new plant emerge from the soil. Here's a photo of the original Sally's Shell emerging from the mulch in early March of l
We typically have a few plants and flower projects around Christmas and this year is no different. Most years, we do at least two kinds: amaryllis and a store-bought poinsettia for the kitchen. This year, we added a third thing: Paperwhite bulbs . We've had the typical poinsetta in most years. Usually red, sometimes white or more interesting coloring. But this year, we were at the orange big box store doing one of those kids projects when we wandered out into the nursery. That's where we saw a rack of something that looked *kinda* like a traditional poinsettia. But, was a little different. The 'petals' (which...are really just different colored leaves) were curled under. And were clustered on the top of the plant. What is this? Turns out, it is called a Winter Rose. It is a poinsettia. Just tweaked. Here's a few photos of the red Winter Rose: I pulled out the tag of the plant and it read this: Poinsettia. Euphorbia pulcherrima. So, it is a poin
Just a week later and this is what our set of Paperwhite bulbs look like in their glass jar: roots have gone wild and the tips of the stalks have all emerged and are starting to shoot upwards. This happened REALLY fast (at least in my view) and I've tried to follow the recommendations so far - including keeping them out of a bright room while the roots establish. Below is photo showing the current state of these Ziva Paperwhite bulbs : I went back and bought a 2nd bag of stones to help bury the bulbs up about half-way to help get them more solid ahead of the potential 'tipping' that happens with Paperwhites. This am, I also began the poisoning of these bulbs in an attempt to keep them compact. Below is the bottle of rubbing alcohol (91%) that I added in a small amount to the gravel. It is about 5:1 water:alcohol added. This will, hopefully, stunt these enough to keep them from 'flopping over'. I've used a similar alcohol treatment to Amaryllis bulbs in
All three of the containers are up with flower stalks, but the Red Tiger and the Sunshine Nymph are well ahead of the Lemon Star. In just two weeks since my last photo update on these Christmas flowers, the buds on these two have opened wide and the flowers are beginning to unfurl. Pacing-wise, these two are ahead of last year's version, but the Lemon Star is noticeably behind AND also pretty skinny and lean. I'm not expecting a H U G E flower explosion from the Lemon Star (based on the bud size), but we should get flowers well into January this way - so I suppose that's a win of sorts. Also, a note for the diary here, I began to water them with a 10:1 water:rubbing alcohol (91%) when they were about six inches tall. I'm unsure if it had any impact on them what-so-ever.
It has been just about a month since the last time I posted photos of our 2019/2020 Winter Amaryllis flowers in bloom . At that time, the largest bulb - the Cherry Nymph was going strong and was putting on a pretty great (red) show. The rest of the bulbs were mostly exhausted. Fast forward to this week and you can see that the Cherry Nymph is STILL going strong - with a set of double blooms. This late into February. Pretty great. You might also note that there's a stick that I stuck into the soil and then used some wire to affix the stem to the stick and keep the bulb from falling over - and the entire pot from flipping over, too. I didn't use the alcohol mixture on this one and it shows: it is long, tall and leggy. And the blooms being SO BIG means that the thin stalk stems can't support the flowers. Lesson learned: focus on the alcohol mix all the way through the growing season. Below you'll see another look at these flowers. I've come to the co
A couple of days ago, I shared some photos of the flowers of the 'double blooming' Cherry Nymph Amaryllis that I planted in November. I only showed the flowers, but wanted to revisit (for record-keeping sake) all four of the bulbs for height and vitality in January. The last time I posted photos of these flowers was on January 2nd. You can see the photo of these same four flowers 2.5 weeks ago here . Left-to-right, the flowers are: Apple Blossom (Menards), Red Lion (Menards), Star of Holland (Menards) and Cherry Nymph (Wannemakers). Some notes: The Red Lion bloomed first and exhausted itself first, too. This had two stalks/stems. The Apple Blossom went second and is also exhausted. However, this was the only one that had just one stalk/stem. The Red Lion has a bud that is about to burst open. It was behind the other two, but the second stem/stalk will have flowers (I think) into February. And, finally, the heights were all over the place: the Red Lion w
While two of the four Amaryllis bulbs are done flowering, the largest - and most expensive - bulb (bought at Wannemakers) is blooming. It is a Cherry Nymph bulb that is billed as a 'double blooming' Amaryllis and the moniker is holding true for this beauty. Potted on November 21st, 2019 . A week in, this bulb showed no signs of growth . Mid-December and the tip of the first bud was just emerging from the bulb . Right before Christmas, it was just about 4" tall and thickening up the stem . On January 2nd, the first stem was up and trying to get ready to open . For reference, my large bulb in 2019 was just beginning to open up at end of December . On January 20th of 2019 - 25+ days past Christmas, the bulb was in bloom . And it was still throwing off flowers well into March . Yeah....March. So, this one is blooming (for the first time) about the same time as last year's large bulb. Will it stay blooming until March? We'll watch and see. This r
This is the seventh post in the series on this year's (welp...technically, I suppose they're *last* year's) amaryllis bulbs. The last time we looked that them was right before Christmas on December 21st and 20th . On the 20th, I showed how the Star of Holland was blooming in a spectacular fashion with four blooms on two stems. Then on the 21st, I included a few photos showing the progress of the other three amaryllis for the season; Cherry Nymph, Apple Blossom and Red Lion . We went away for a couple days for the New Year and came home to the four pots you see at the top of this post. On the far left is the Apple Blossom. Has fully bloomed and is a beautiful white with some red/pink lines running through it and a light green center. It is much more pale than the Star of Holland. I also had just one stem come up on this bulb. But, it also was the one that was timed the best. It had it's first open bloom arrive and open fully on Christmas Eve. N
Almost two weeks after my last update and this Star of Holland Amaryllis bulb from Menards just keeps powering on. It has put on a show that has lasted more than 10 days and we're now - I think - at peak flower. In the photo at the top of the post you can see a more "top-down" view of the flower that includes the oldest bloom on the back that is just starting to fade. That first bloom is now complemented by these three blooms that have emerged just in time for Christmas. There are two, distinct stalks that have emerged from the bulb that you can see in the photo below. No real 'leafs' or other green shoots coming out of the bulb at this point. Here's the original post in this year's (2019) series of Amaryllis bulbs that shows off all four of the containers. This Star of Holland bulb is on the far right of that original photo. Then, by the end of November this Star of Holland had gone far ahead of the other ones . Once the bud emerged,
Time to check in our our Winter flowering bulb project: our planted amaryllis for Christmas flowers. All of them are at different stages and provide a nice contrast between the set of four bulbs in pots. You can see the three Menards bulbs in the photo at the top here with the Star of Holland bulb being the one that has shot up the furthest and is starting to have a flower emerge. For reference: This is the full set of four from November 23rd - three weeks ago - that shows all four of the bulbs including a few of the Menards ones that had some early (and pale green) growth from the bulb. And here's a set of photos from the end of November that shows how far these have come in a couple of weeks . I also tracked our bulb last year - here's a look at it on Christmas Day - no bloom . Back to this year, we have a clear leader: The Star of Holland - a red flower with white stripes. Here's a closer look at the Star of Holland: The bloom is right around 10&qu
Here's a current look at our four Amaryllis bulbs. One of them - the Star of Holland - is out in front in terms of growth as it has two buds that have emerged and are starting to gain some height. You can see that one on the left of this photo above. At center - near the bottom of the photo - is the Cherry Nymph bulb that cost almost 3x the other ones . If you look closely, you'll see a little leaf emerging from the bulb, so things are moving on it. As for the other two, you can see them in the background of the photo above, but for a closer view, check out the photo below. The bulb at the bottom of the photo is the Apple Blossom Amarylli s and is a little bit further ahead than the one in the back - the Red Lion Amaryllis . I've switched over now to watering these all with a alcohol-blended water mixture to try to limit the height/leggy-ness of the stems. What is most striking is that all three of the Menards bulbs have taken off. The last time I tried o
A few days ago, I posted about the Cherry Nymph Amaryllis bulb that I bought at Wannemaker's and planted in a pot to get the season started . I mentioned in that post that we were going to try (again) a few smaller (and much cheaper) bulbs from Menards. I found the receipt from Wannemaker's and the bulb that I bought there was $15.99 and after tax came in at $17.27. The other ones that I bought at Menards are sold as a "gift box" and as you can see from the photo below are going for $5.49. So...about 1/3rd of the price. We bought three of them - one for each of the kids to do as a project. These 'gift boxes' come with a plastic pot (with no drainage holes), what they call 'growing medium' (which I'm pretty sure is peat) and the bulb. We bought one of each variety. First is the Star of Holland. Next is the Red Lion. And last is the Apple Blossom. Here they are in their pots alongside the larger Cherry Nymph bulb. E
In January, I posted the results of how I successfully used an alcohol mix to limit the height of our amaryllis bulb . This was the first year that I tried to keep it from getting too tall in an attempt to be not so top-heavy. Welp, guess what? This bulb has thrown up a second stalk and it looks like we're going to get a second bloom. The photo above is of this second stalk that has emerged from the bulb. And in the bottom photo below, you can kind of see the withered part of the initial stalk that I cut down at the top of the bulb. From a look around the web, getting a second bloom (in winter) isn't that rare, it is just something that our bulbs haven't delivered in the past. Just look at the images on this sales page - where they show multiple stalks shooting up in some of their bulbs. I haven't tried to keep an Amaryllis year-over-year, but now that I see this one paying off twice, maybe this is something we should try??