Winter Blooms and Promises of Spring: GBBD, February 2012
Today, the last of the flowers on my amaryllis (Hippeastrum) plants has faded; so I have not succeeded this year in having a series of Hippeastrum blooms throughout the winter months. I did manage, however, to get six consecutive weeks of flowers from four different plants. Two additional varieties did not bloom this year. I am faithfully fertilizing my bulbs each week until their leaves ripen to increase the chances of blooms next year. My plan is to bring the plants out of dormancy at different times in the fall and early winter to try to space out bloom times more through the season.
Despite the end of my Hippeastrum flower season, however, I am not without blooms. My faithful potted Cyclamen are blooming profusely. The lavender pink blooms on the window ledge in my bedroom (above) greet me each morning when I open my eyes, and the pot of mixed pink and white flowers blooms beside my favorite chair in the living room.
Although I have no blooms outdoors at this time of year, this year’s mild winter promises an early spring. Yesterday, I noticed blooms on the witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) behind the building where my office is located. And on my dining room table, this cheerful vase of forced forsythia branches promises spring blooms to come.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see more February blooms from around the world.