Monday, September 10, 2012

A Special Flower in My Garden

Hello everyone, I am very pleased to see this flower starting to open up in my garden. I am so hoping that the frost does not come anytime soon, so that this plant can show us how beautiful it is. Out of the fifty or so plants I have of the Amaryllis is young and old, this is the only one that is blooming this September. I am slowly bringing in the plants that I want to save, into the house. The weather here is still quite nice but today and the next 2 to 3 days are on the cool side, the nights are getting close to the frost line. So as soon as this plant has bloomed I will dig them up and bring them into the house. So here is my Red Amaryllis getting ready to bloom.

                Amaryllis Red in my garden 2

35 comments:

  1. A real beauty, Horst. Are these the plants that only bloom once every seven years?

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    1. No Red, these are plants that bloom every year as long as you treat them well. They are from South Africa so like to bloom around Christmas time, after a good rest. I didn't expect this one to bloom yet. They love being out doors in the summer then bring them inside in the fall before frost. Most will bloom around Christmas as long as they are old enough. They bloom around the 5 year old mark.

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  2. Beautiful!! I hope it blooms before the frost.

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    1. It's going to be close in the next couple of nights.

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  3. I wish you and it luck. Don't forget to take a picture or two when it is in full bloom.

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    1. Oh, I won't forget Adrian. As soon as it blooms everyone will get a chance to look at the blooms.

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  4. Horst you are one heck of an amazing gardener, where did you learn how to grow such magnificent flowers? Here I am googling everything to winterize my plants out at the farm, in time I'll learn what needs to be done, but in the meanwhile good old Google has the answers right at my fingertips. I was going to start winterizing today but it's blasted chilly with the wind howling, tomorrow's another day.

    Have a wonderful week and awesome photo!

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    1. Hi Darlin, I have learned a few things over the years. I lived on the farm and learned lots of things there. and both my Mom and Dad were avid gardeners, so I learned a lot from them. I am still learning things about gardening from many different people and even the internet.

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  5. Hello :)
    So many nice pictures you have been up since I was last here :), I have not been so active on my blog when I have not felt so good, but now feel better again :)
    hug / Mimmi

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    1. Glad to here you are feeling better, and back to blogging.

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  6. Horst, stunning photos, Amaryllis are real beauties, and when there are a lot in flower together a stunning sight. I am adding you to my blog list. Cheers from Jean in NZ.

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  7. Wonderful Horst..... very nice photographed.

    Greetings, Joop

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  8. You are so caring towards your plants, Horst. Hope the frost does not come any time soon so you have time to get all those amarylis indoors.

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  9. I have most of them in the house already, but I will have to transplant at least 15 of them in the next few days. We will have at least 2 warm days over 20C, Thursday & Friday. Then it will cool off again to around 17C or so. I hope my blooming Amaryllis opens up in those couple of days, so I can photograph it, and then make a cut flower out of it. So then I can dig it up out of the ground and bring it in the house.

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  10. I bet that will be worth the wait ,to see it bloom,Horst and hope you beat the frost. We had the first mention of it on tonight's weather forecast, but as my flowers didn't do too well I've got nothing to save :-(
    Will look forward to seeing the Amaryllis in full boom, keep well

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  11. Lovely. We got a little cooler weather and the humidity has dropped, but not cool enough to worry about frost--that will come in January. :D

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    1. I must say Laura, you are way farther south from where I live. We have had frost in August in past years. We never know from year to year how things will turn out. So far the weather has been kind to us here in Edmonton Canada.

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  12. your flowers and your photos are beautiful! wow! you have a green thumb and an eye for beauty.
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  13. It's lovely! I hope I can see a photo of it in full bloom! :)

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  14. Horst you must be like a proud mother with her new baby. I know how much work you must put in nurturing these plants and it can take a few years. Can't wait to see it in full bloom. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Carrie

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    1. We had a close call for frost this morning, I looked at my outside thermometer and it was 1.8C outside. I then looked out at breakfast and saw that none of my plants had frost bite. whew so maybe the next few days will give us a good show of color.

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  15. I look forward to seeing it in full bloom. Is it ok to dig them up? Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  16. I prefer not to dig it up when it is blooming, but yes one can dig them up and move them or pot them and put them in the house for the winter.

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  17. as usual your photos are magnificent

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  18. I envy your prolific green thumb. Talent and experience is a given but I imagine patience and TLC are equally important. Care to share your secrets?

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    1. There really is no secret. First one has to be interested, then one needs to remember they need care and food. Like humans too much of anything is no good, as is not enough. When one cares properly for these plants, then they reward us with their wonderful flowers. Anyone can do it, they just have to want to.

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    2. Talking with other gardeners helps as well. All gardeners would love to help you out.

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  19. Que maravilla Horst!!! me encantan las plantas y tus flores son una delicia.
    Un abrazo

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  20. Simply the Best these have got to be one of my favourite flowers Horst. Mine are still sleeping at present. I wasn't aware you could leave them outside.
    Beautiful.
    Best Wishes Sheila

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    1. Hi Sheila, they can be outside as long as there is no frost. If there is frost then they will die. These are subtropical plants and can not stand frost or freezing weather. Now is the time to stop watering them and let them rest, just before Christmas you can water them again and feed them so they can bloom for you after Christmas.

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    2. Thank you Horst ... The red bloom top header is that a HELENIUM? THINKING OF TRYING THIS FOR AUTUMN or am I too late?

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  21. wishing you good things for the new year..
    hugs

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