I refuse to give old man winter the acknowledgement that his sudden reappearance demands of me…. instead I shall talk about my latest potting up items.
I have never been one to flowers from bulbs, with the exception of Galanthus, Anemone and the odd Crocus, but on my first pilgrimage to Belgian Nursery two weekends ago, I came home with two bulbs that I have been toying around with for some time.
I adore the flowers of Amaryllis belladonna, their fabulous trumpet, almost lily-like flowers in the gentlest blush of pink, as well as Nerine bowdenii, with its spidery shaped flowers of a deeper, rich pink. Needless to say both came home with me. [three Nerines and one Amaryllis] I’d spent the past week contemplating what to plant them up in, but today, after noticing a tall, cream coloured pot, I knew I’d found what I was looking for. Plenty of room for all four bulbs!
While at Belgian, I had picked out some tender ferns as well as a few other tropicals in hopes of creating a few pots for indoors where a burst of fresh, crisp green would help to ease the intensities of the winter blahs! Here are the plants that made their way into my cart!
I have always loved the ‘Buddhist Pine’, and when combined with a club Moss and False Aralia in a charcoal grey pot with a bamboo motif…… I love the textural and colour contrasts. Now lets hope that I can keep them alive. I struggle with all and any houseplants!
And for you Grace….. this uniquely variegated plant has been there [a single specimen no less!] the past two visits, and finally, in a moment of weakness [but who can resist a lonely one-of-a-kind] it came home with me. The tag which was lost between the garden centre and here gave a name that, and here’s where the puzzle thickens…… started with the letter ‘B’. Do you have any idea. Its about a foot tall, and seems rather woody.
Back to Old Man Winter…. we had close to a foot of snow fall inside of twelve hours, and the wind is still howling and the sky is still filled with flakes. I am ignoring you as best I can. Tomorrow I start filling 3000 pots for geraniums…… I don’t know which is worse!