Warm Colors for a Cold, White Season: GBBD, February 2017
February is typically the coldest and snowiest month in Maine, and it can easily seem like the longest month of the year. After an unusually warm January, I was feeling a bit complacent about this winter, but that changed with the arrival of February. In one week, we have had four snow storms that deposited one-half of what would normally be a season’s worth of snow. A fifth storm today is expected to dump more than another foot of snow. As snow falls from the sky and piles up in huge snow banks around my house, I am grateful for the warming colors of two amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs that began blooming at the end of January.
The first to bloom was this gorgeous red one, one of three amaryllis bulbs that I rescued from my friend Atsuko’s garage after her death in 2014. It has rewarded me for my patience in waiting three years for it to bloom by producing six flower buds on its single stalk. When backlit by the sun, these flowers glow red-orange like a warming flame. As the sun sets, the color becomes a softer shade with hints of pink and coral.
This is the third year in a row that ‘Charisma’ has bloomed for me. Its red-speckled flowers are a particular treat during these cold days. This year, it has outdone itself, producing two flower stalks. The first has five flowers on it. The four flower buds on the second stalk just began to open yesterday and should last me until March arrives with its hints 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 flowers other bloggers have blooming in February.