February Flowers: GBBD, February 2014
My potted amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs are much less enthusiastic about this winter’s cold; they tend to sulk in a cool house. I have set up a heating pad arrangement on top of a bookcase in the guest room where I can give them some bottom heat. The two pots given this treatment have both put up flower stalks, and I think one of them will begin to bloom in another week or so. Once these begin to open their flowers, I’ll move them to a room where I can enjoy them and give their space on the heating pad to another pot.
Although I always enjoy these flowering houseplants in winter, the real joy right now comes from the two vases of forsythia branches that I cut and brought in for forcing during a day of warm weather at the end of January. Two weeks later, these are providing a bright promise of spring.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is blooming this month in gardens, pots and vases around the world.