Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Late Blooming Amaryllis
I think I've discovered a new species. This amaryllis has been officially growing for over two months now, was originally planned as part of the Christmas decor, and finally, after all this time and foofling around, waited for a snowstorm before bursting out this morning to greet it.
I think she may have an identity crisis going, you know, a white flower opening up despite snow, but I haven't the heart to tell her she's not a snowdrop. the entire snowdrop would fit alongside her flower, like a chihuahua and a Great Dane. You see her here amidst all my adopted and rescued plants. Boston fern and spathiphyllum from the dumpster (and a giant dracaena in the kitchen, also from the dumpster), crown of thorns the many times descendant of my original plant of thirty years ago, tradescantia from cuttings from rescued dying plant of neighbor, begonia from cuttings, several species of them, swiped from various locations, larcenous gardener stuff.
But the flowering went down well, as I enjoyed my winter soup -- tomato, chickpea, chicken, with fresh hot biscuits -- while my lovely neighbor shoveled out my car and my newspaper, and brushed off the car in case I need to get out. He already checked that I had everything I needed in case he should dash to the shops.
All in all, things could be a lot woise!