November 21, 2014

The Insouciant Gardener

'Lackadaisical' was the other word I considered but it isn't that I lack bodily energy or enthusiasm, I just fail to be as diligent about some things as I could.

One of the things I am not diligent about is labeling. The Amaryllis above bloomed last month out of regular Amaryllis season through my failed diligence. I don't know its name -- it lost its label. Does it really matter? No. What matters is that it is healthy and hardy.

Now that the freezes are done for a few days, I poked around in the greenhouse and hauled up the Amaryllis that were lying on their sides to keep water out of the pots, ripped off the dead leaves and took stock. Some could use just a scoop of topdressing with fresh potting soil. They have more resting to do.  

I've more Amaryllis than I remembered. There are two pots labeled 'Benfica.' I remembered only one. They're both awfully fat for one to be an offset. Some pots have no labels. I am not distressed about labels. When they bloom I recognize them most of the time.

There are plants that I have not rested because some are seedlings or offsets and not quite blooming size. If they get a notion to bloom, they'll bloom without rest -- and without labels.

 I am hoping that pots of bulbs sitting around the greenhouse will eventually produce blooms like these from 2011. I'm experimenting with Tazetta narcissus that grew in someone's garden for the past five decades to see if they'll bloom in a pot. I dug Exotica Amaryllis from my own garden before the freeze to see if they'll bloom again in a pot. 

I may still order off for Amaryllis. Vendors continue to send tempting emails. I can make room.


outlawgardener said...

There's always room for more Amaryllis! I've bought paperwhites before but this is the first year I actually planted them. Having space in the green garage to pot things up is wonderful. No more potting soil all over the kitchen in the winter!

Southern Rural Route said...

The amaryllis are beautiful but I'm really impressed with tomatoes in November!

Jean Campbell said...

I am impressed with tomatoes, too.

chloris said...

Lovely Amaryllis. To my shame I've never managed to keep them going from one year to the next. It seems a waste to grow new ones each year.
I love the Paper whites too. Is it just me or do you find the smell unpleasant?

Jean Campbell said...

Amaryllis are not really hard to keep going. You just let the foliage grow through the summer and then let the pots go dry for several weeks. Foliage will wither and then they sit until they take a notion to put up a bud. Once it a while a sprinkle of water won't hurt but leave them pretty dry. It isn't an exact science despite what the experts write.

Not all Paper whites are the same. Some smell worse than others, usually the bulbs you find in stores.

Hannah said...

Your first amaryllis looks like mine, it was quite a bloomer last time in spite of not being put to rest until quite late. I don't find peperwhite care as easy.

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