Hippeastrum Happiness: GBBD, February 2016
When I got up this morning, the thermometer on my back deck read -20F (-29C), so it is hardly surprising that I have no flowers blooming in my garden. Indeed, although this has not been a heavy snow year in Maine, I am grateful for the few inches of snow cover providing my plants with a layer of insulation during this coldest part of winter. I continue to be dependent on indoor plants for my flower fix.
The flowers are fading on Hippeastrum ‘Charisma,’ whose beautiful translucent blooms have been a source of daily pleasure since late January. Happily, Hippeastrum ‘Picotee’ is just about to flower. There seem to be only two flowers in this bud, instead of the usual four; I’m guessing that this is because the bulb only rested for one year after producing an offset two years ago. I am still hoping that one more of my many potted amaryllis bulbs may make me happy by producing a flower stalk to bloom in March.
My potted cyclamen plants provide more reliable and continuous winter bloom.
|The oldest of these plants, which bloomed first, is slowing down and getting ready to enter a period of dormancy (when it will drop its leaves and look dead).|
|The pink and white corms that are in the same pot are blooming happily together,|
and the flame-colored cyclamen in my bedroom is going strong.
During my Gettysburg years, I always had cut branches from the pretty lemon-colored Forsythia in my back garden that I could force into bloom at this time of year. I am missing those cheery yellow flowers this year. I transplanted a cutting of this plant into my Maine garden, alongside a division of the more common brassy gold Forsythia that was sacrificed to the new addition on my house. I don’t know how many years it will take before these plants will be big enough to flower. While I’m waiting, I may have to beg some cut branches from a friend who has a large Forsythia growing at the end of her driveway.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see postings from many gardeners who already have spring blooms in their February gardens.