Friday, January 28, 2011

Joys and perils of horticultural adoption

“Adopted” amaryllis 
Unusually frigid weather this year may have “done-in” the vibrant red amaryllis plants I adopted when my mother decided to move to an apartment in a retirement community. She and I dug the bulbs, and they made the move to Ocean Springs for transplanting just prior to her own transplant into a new environment.

Bee’s-eye view of amaryllis
I love the structure and vibrant hues of these blooms and hope the plants bounce back and produce blooms in April or May.

A few of our spring 2010 amaryllis
If not, I saved seeds. Not sure the seeds would produce the pure red, but will give them a try.

Thanksgiving cactus
Another adoptee performed surprisingly well, considering I usually kill plants. Mother’s Thanksgiving (or Christmas) cactus always bloomed abundantly for her, but never according to the calendar. It bloomed beautifully in time for Thanksgiving 2010 at the Skupien homestead.

As usual, my gardening efforts provide me with a roller-coaster ride of joyful success and stomach-dropping failures. But as haphazard as my horticultural attempts are, for me they are always invigorating and never boring.

For a glimpse of how serious gardeners get it right at Callaway Gardens in Georgia go here.


  1. Well, thats part of the fun of gardening, isn't it? You just never know what will happen! I hope your amarylis do well. They do look a bit like hibiscus. Such beautiful red!

  2. they are beautiful and i hope they survive

  3. Hi Linda,

    It appears you have the matching thumb to my own very pale green thumb. Like you, I'm not a totally failure with gardening, but any plant taking up residence in my household has about a 50/50 chance of survival. AND, if it is a Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter (call it whatever) plant - well, the plant is doomed. Same for azaleas.