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Apple Blossom Time: GBBD, February 2018

February 16, 2018

apple blossom macroIt’s Apple Blossom time in my Maine garden. No, I’m not talking about apple trees blooming outside my windows. I don’t have any apple trees growing in my garden; and if I did, their bloom time would still be months away. In February, my outdoor garden is still buried under snow. I’m talking about amaryllis (Hippeastrum) ‘Apple Blossom’ blooming indoors on my window ledge. It’s been three years since this variety last bloomed for me, so it’s a treat to have it lighting up my world in mid-February.

amaryllis apple blossom in bloom 2018

It’s joined on the window ledge by the flowers of two potted cyclamen plants that I purchased in December and that are still blooming two months later.

pink streaked cyclamen pink cyclamen February

Meanwhile, I have two additional amaryllis bulbs that have flower buds, ‘’Charisma,’ which has bloomed faithfully for the past five years, and an unidentified red variety (possibly ‘Red Lion’) which I inherited from a friend and which bloomed last year. These promise more flowers for the weeks to come while I wait not-so-patiently for the outdoor show to begin.

charisma bud 2018 red amaryllis bud

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what other garden bloggers have in bloom this February.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2018 4:24 pm

    Apple Blossom is lovely – both yours, and the tree in spring.

  2. February 17, 2018 6:59 pm

    The backlighting shows off both the Hippeastrum and the Cyclamen beautifully.

  3. February 22, 2018 1:56 pm

    ‘Apple Blossom’ is really beautiful! I have this sort too.

  4. February 26, 2018 12:44 pm

    Apple Blossom has been a favorite of mine. This year I tried a few others that have been blooming with lots of happiness. Love our indoor gardens but seeing winter shifting a bit as spring appears to show early signs.

  5. February 28, 2018 11:31 am

    Hi Jean. Just gorgeous. In Zone 10, amaryllis can be planted in the ground outside. I haven’t gone that far yet, but I do have them in pots. My latest addition is one that we fished out of the canal — can you believe someone tossed a bulb into a canal?!?! So far, the older leaves are about finished, but the newer growth is green. Fingers crossed that the brackish water didn’t hurt the bulb! Stay warm!

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