The amaryllis my sister in Texas gave me all those many years ago is blooming again! This bulb must be at least 7 years old now and I first mentioned it here in 2009 when it was at least 2 years old then.
The cultivar is Apple Blossom and it has a very light, sweet scent. So nice when it is cold and there is still snow on the ground outside.
I also mentioned it on one of my Plantitude posts here and its care is very easy. I put it outdoors with my other houseplants when the weather permits, and there it sits, enjoying all the benefits of a life out of doors until I bring it in in the late fall. Then I cut off any leaves, put it on a windowsill, and stop watering it until a tiny green shoot pokes up from the bulb.
Isn’t it amazing?!
With all the snow we’ve had this winter, I moved a feeder close to the house onto the deck railing so I wouldn’t have to shovel a path all the way out to the pole feeder. We’ve had a lot of birds feeding there and it has been fun to see them up close and personal, but, of course, the dastardly squirrel has found his way up there too. He is quite a menace, however a quick, loud click of the door lock seems to chase him away pronto.
Anyway, I wanted to share some pictures of our cuties!
Robin in the crabapple
Cooper’s or Red-tailed hawk way out in the willow tree
Tufted Titmouse captures a sunflower seed!
Blue jay-jay-jay! Squwaaawk!
Really? Why are you taking my picture!
Northern Mockingbird up close and personal!
I’m eating, don’t bother me! says the Dark-eyed Junco.
Looking good, Mrs. Cardinal!
Carolina Wren and House Sparrows with Tufted Titmouse peeking in on the action!
Red-bellied Woodpecker on the post!
The Northern Mockingbird was an unusual one to see – he showed up for the Great Backyard Bird Count and I hadn’t seen him there before or since then! Good thing I was able to take a picture to document it! Do you have any feeders out? What birds are you seeing?
I have had some computer issues including a total hard drive failure that wiped out a lot of pictures and such. However . . . it is a new day, the sun is shining, and I will be back with more things to share. Thanks!
With the usual venue for GardenScape under renovation, some of the landscape designers in Rochester took a different approach and developed their own show called Garden Artisans of Rochester Expo running from March 14-17 this year. All in all, it was a much smaller show and lower key than GardenScape. There were 8 non-juried garden displays with much of the plant material supplied by Oriental Garden Supply. These displays were mostly not as extensive as the ones you might have seen at GardenScape in past years, but the few bigger ones did not lack in creativity or excellence of display. We visited on Friday and there weren’t many people there. Hopefully, more came on the weekend, but I didn’t think the show was very well advertised or promoted. Quite a few seminars and talks were scheduled, but we missed catching any of them. The number of vendors was low, and for the most part uninteresting.
The light at the venue made it difficult to capture many of the beautiful garden vignettes, but hopefully you can enjoy the gist of it in this slideshow.
The Expo participants worked hard to try to make this a good show, but the people (person?) behind the scenes didn’t carry through on what needed to be done. Too bad, because we Rochesterians crave us some flowers and gardens in March!