Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hope for Hyacinths and Paperwhite Pitfalls

It was a tedious wait to see whether I killed the bloom embryos in my Hyacinth bulbs by storing them with forgotten pears in a refrigerator for several weeks.

Every Hyacinth has a green shoot now. I added moss like
Claus Dalby dresses his.

Today I can see a flower bud! 

Pale bulbs bloom white or yellow. Darker usualy are blue 
or pink, so I sort bags of mixed bulbs and planted like colors.

Narcissus had mixed results. The pot bottom left has only
two bulbs that are firmly rooted. Roots rotted on the others.

Bulbs in this pot are rooted and three have buds. 

February, 2013
This is why it is hard to choose a fav.

The plastic pot of bulbs has an open bloom.

These were not purchased narcissus bulbs. They came from the garden of our neighbor John, who lives in the family home where Mrs. Vera planted these bulbs decades ago. He dug a peck basket full for me last fall. I planted most of them in the ground and filled 3 pots.

Prior to this year I had vowed to plant no more narcissus. This year I decided to try potted narcissus using the fattest bulbs from John.

Next year I plan to have all Hyacinths. Purple shades. Plans are subject to change when made months in advance.

2013: plans for more like these in 2015.

Did you force bulbs? Will your plans change in 2015?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Native Plants: Elephant's Foot

While there is so little to see here until Camellias fully bloom I have a notion to make a series of posts of native plants that grow here. Where cows used to run is now just meadow. Plants come and go: grasses, wildflowers and trees. I managed to identify a number of them in the past 20 years since I first discovered Elephantapus and enlisted a professor at University of Florida to identify it by a written description alone. Fortunately it was not a rare plant and he knew what I was talking about.

Elephant's Foot

Elephantapus is distinguished by a tricorn shaped bract that holds small pink flowers and by a large flat leaf near the ground. September is the main bloom time here.

Blooming at the same time as Elephantapus are Silk Grass, Goldenrod, Rabbit Tobacco, Eupatorium, Asters, Lespedeza and False Foxglove.

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