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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Amaryilis Buds Open.

13 January 2010 16:50:32
Amaryilis 13/01/09

Amaryilis 13/01/09

Good things will come if you have patience to wait, eventually one of my Amaryilis has decided to show it's face and is now opening up to a tinged white - pink. The other one is still sitting hibernating however I'm hopeful some day soon it will take off as they have both been given the same treatment. Both the pink hyacinths are flowering as well, with the white one nearly thinking about peeping out. On the orchid front  there is now only one of my orchids in bloom , what care should they be given once the flowers are past ? Any advice would be much appreciated.

The thaw has started up here but everywhere is rock hard and I feel it's going to be a while before there will be much chance of digging soil there is still a layer of ice all over the pond - lake. Had a look at the plants in waiting and although the lupins look a bit sad there is new growth appearing, the peony has new shoots just peeping up and other plants look reasonably okay even though they were uncovered during the big freeze. The one plant that I feel might  have met it's demise are the lavender plants as they are very black but I'll give them a while yet before I bin them. Had a quick look round the flower beds around the house hellebores are peeping up and although some things look a bit sad I feel they will bounce back, once weather improves there is a lot of cutting back last years dead growth but hopefully it'll have given that bit of protection plants. Will also need to start and organise for the kitchen garden but 1st priority is to get things back to some kind of normality no money no fun.

With any luck the worst of the weather is over and one thing I need to do is organise some pots for my David Austin roses so as they will be on their way. Amazing how the evenings are lenghtening every day so roll on spring have to think positive.


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Myrtle Myrtle 13 January 2010 17:09:02

Now that the snow is disappearing we might be under the illusion that Spring is here but the calender says differently! so we mustnt try to leap forward too quickly, but it is a temptation!


Hoeys Hoeys 13 January 2010 17:50:53

prety flowers. i have the red one just opened few days ago. its great to see some nice colours when outside so mucky and dull


Jacinta Jacinta 13 January 2010 17:53:09

Yea hopefully all the snow has gone. Now a bit of decent weather will kick-start the garden into full swing. Lovely Amaryllis. You will be inundated with customers now the weather has improved.


Lìga Lìga 13 January 2010 18:18:02

Look it gona be pretty.We have almost in same stage amarillys buds,just mine it's still close.Can't weit:)


fran m fran m 13 January 2010 20:18:55

Hopefully worst is over, not out of woods yet, strech in evening is great to see.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 13 January 2010 20:38:25

Well you are  getting flowers! Afraid the amaryllis that I rescued earier is just putting up leaves, But at least its alive and Im promising to look after it better this year!. Lovely journal entry with a note of optimism! Hope the business soon gets back in the sadle!


Clara Clara 13 January 2010 21:42:36

Lovely to see as I am still waiting but nearly there I am waiting since I planted on 11th oct cant wait to see what colour mine is yours looks like it will be pink.


fraoch fraoch 13 January 2010 21:45:03

That Amaryllis is beautiful. Hope the thaw continues up there.


ClaireE ClaireE 13 January 2010 22:45:48

Oh, it's lovely... Gives me hope that mine will produce something some day


Rachel Rachel 13 January 2010 23:47:03

My white Cymbidium has gone over too, Cloncaw, and I've cut off the spike. Your Amaryllis looks very stylish.


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