Sunday, March 10, 2013

More record-keeping, and amaryllis

Did more seed-starting yesterday: more Chinese broccoli varieties, papaloquelite, borage, roselle, tomatillo, eggplant, and wonderberry.  Tomatoes go in later this week.  Also did more transplanting of greens into pots.  All the older transplants are now going outside days (and nights starting tomorrow) under a tunnel of sheet plastic.  It'll get down to freezing again later this week, but I think temperatures will stay high enough under there to leave the plants out.  I have no room left under the lights, in any case.

Today did some path-making and bed prep at the community garden plot (only a bit, oh I am out of shape, but enough to get started planting soon).  Put some compost in the salad table on the deck, and (what the heck) put in seeds for various things that I will mention if they actually come up and survive.  This looks to be a very spring-like week, but winter may return soon (I can cover the table if necessary).

And, in case I forget to post for GBBD on Friday, here is an amaryllis that bloomed this week.  (I think I may start collecting amaryllis (which I believe is the plural of amaryllis).  They're so easy to keep going from year to year, and really there is no reason they need to be timed to bloom at Christmas, I say having forgotten to put them into dormancy early enough, but after all we were away at Christmas, and February-March is a fine time to bloom too.)  Here's the opening sequence:


There.  That was entertaining, wasn't it?  There are all sorts of crocuses outside, too, so I hope I do remember to post.

5 comments:

  1. I wish I could get you some of the collection of amaryllis I have that your grandfather started from seed. I have about 10 pots on my dresser in my bedroom, and no location for dormancy (either too warm or freezing) so blooms are rare.

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    1. Next time I'm there with a car, maybe...

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  2. Wow, I envy your amaryllis and the offer by Lucy Edwards, haha, is she your mother? I am collecting them and also trade some of mine. In fact i am sending some of my orange-red to Illinois, so she can breed them with her own collection. If only we are near, haha! That color is so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea - and yes, Lucy is my mother. :) This is only the second amaryllis I've wintered over; a friend gave this one to me last Christmas but it didn't bloom. I'm glad I stuck with it; it's spectacular. I hadn't thought of saving seeds but perhaps I'll do that!

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    2. Speaking of color, I have no idea what color most of mine are, because they have never bloomed, being too small. It takes a long time if you're not really working at it, to grow one from seed, apparently. Not sure what the process is for the commercial growers?

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