Wednesday, March 20

Garden Pic Wedensday: Red Amaryllis

It's a gray day with a slight bit of rain.
But today's pictures remind of sunnier days!
Below I have a gorgeous picture I took yesterday of my red Amaryllis and Dutch Iris!

They're in a large pot that I've tried to make a "all-season" blooming pot--and this year it's working fairly well, since they've bloomed at the same time.
I have 2 such pots, one on either side of the parking slot in front of the pampas grass.
Each holds an assortment of bulbs: daffodil, dutch iris, amaryllis and spider lilly that bloom in seasonal succession.
The spider lilly is a fall bloom though,. the others are spring.
For summer color I usually add an annual like petunias or saliva to the pots.

Next picture is a small table vase of garden flowers I had on the table this past Sunday: yellow Black-Eyed Susan's, pink Azaleas and the blue flowers are Scabiosa.


Since it was St. Patricks, I threw in a couple bits of Shamrock greenery, but Shamrocks don't like being in a vase.
Azaleas do okay in a vase--though the blooms are short-lived. I try to select branches with both bloom & buds if I can for the best performance. They make a good short term arrangement.
Scabiosa likes a vase, Black-Eyed Susan's love being in a vase and last 2 to 3 weeks..
 Dusty Miller, of course, loves a vase and often roots in water.

Scabiosa, also known as "Pincushion Flower," comes in shades of white, pink and light blue.
I have the blue one as part of my collection of "blue flowers,"
since natural blue flowers are far less common then other colors. Scaboisa is an excellent perennial bed flower.
I also have blue sea holly which is presently turning the prettiest true blue you ever saw, but I won't include a picture until they're fully turned.
And I have a perennial type of bachelor button that should bloom this season, which is also naturally cornflower blue.
And I have several blue hydrangeas, but I'm always on the look-out for a good blue flower to add to my collection.

There are many flowers people may wish were naturally occuring in blue, like roses, but having been a florist many years I can assure you there is no such thing a blue rose and all of them that get labelled as "blue" are actually a light lavender.
 Roses may sometimes be painted or even dyed to look blue, at least on the outside, which is an often smelly cheat, but they don't grow blue.

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