Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crossed hippeastrum blooms

Sorry about the watermarks. Ever since Houzz took over Gardenweb, they seem to have disabled html so you have to upload images there. Made me a bit nervous so I started watermarking all my images I upload there just to be on the safe side.

The crosses below came from one member who sent me seeds years ago and it was pretty neat to see them finally bloom this spring.

The parents "Ebay 1" and "Ebay 2" were shared on the thread where I posted the pictures: Crossed amaryllis blooming: Thread on Amaryllis/Hippeastrum It's further down the thread, posted by dondeldux. It appears to have taken after the mother rather than the father.

The above two pictures of Exotica x Mocca are of the same bulb. It sent up two scapes, four flowers each. I really liked the coloring of this one.

I'm not sure I like this one. It seems bland but it is something new.

 A couple of the Charisma x Selfed are blooming for the second year but this bulb is blooming for the first time and it's interesting that a lot of the speckling and dark red is gone. I really like the simpleness of this flower.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A new year and new flowers....

I think I sort of understand now why some gardening blogs tend to stop abruptly. Sure there's the usual stuff such as life changes, getting busy, new things going on. But after a couple years when you find yourself posting the same plants over and over, it starts to feel like you're not really posting anything new. I guess that's why I got into cross-pollinating plants, to hope for something unique but even that can take years, if ever.

Green Dragon Amaryllis - April 20, 2015
 I was surprised to see that two of the bulbs had bloomed this year. I didn't think I'd ever see them flower again after the initial one that came up when I bought it.

Papilio amaryllis cross (?unknown) - April 20, 2015
The Papilio seeds I planted, one surprisingly sent up a maiden bloom and had a little snafu. It was really bizarre but it's doing its best in blooming at the neck of the bulb. The red lines go to the edge of the petals and the stigma has freckles on it, so I'm guessing it was crossed with something but I am glad it has Papilio in it. I'd love to see it bloom normally next year with several flowers.