Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hippeastrum x johnsonii flowering in the garden for my 60th birthday

I'm honored.  The planting has survived a couple winters, but this is the first time it has flowered. I'm psyched. In the spring of 2010, I planted four clumps, some individual bulbs, some aggregations of bulblets and one or two bulbs. The three planted in Florida apparently have flowered three times now. We've missed all but the first bloom  because of mistimed visits. Those clumps have grown considerably. This one started out as two bulbs and is still two bulbs. I expect that at some point they'll multiply and I'll distribute they to friends and family. It really is a plant that ought to be more available at retail nurseries hereabouts.

5 comments:

Hartwood Roses said...

You are NOT 60!! I don't believe you for a minute.

In case it IS true, I hope you have a very heppy birthday.

College Gardener said...

Happy Birthday! And a really cool plant... :)

ChrisU said...

Thank you both! It is a cool plant and it makes me think sprekelia is likely hardy here too. I haven't tried it since I was 16? That's almost 45 years! See Connie, I can barely believe it myself!

MulchMaid said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Chris. Delighted to think you join me as a member of the Class of 52!

Nice Hippeastrum, too!

Amy F. said...

Happy Birthday Chris! Hope it was a good one. :-)