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Monday, 16 April 2018

Should it do this?

I followed the your instructions and have left the Amaryllis to die back. It broke my heart seeing those beautiful flowers die.  The petals have fallen off and I'm continuing to water it until it dies back completely.  Then I can store the bulb somewhere that I can remember I've put it! Then last Monday it started to grow a little shoot at the bottom  and today its like this.  Should it do this?  No one mentioned it should.....what do I do? 






Although blogging has been infrequent due to being extremely busy I've remembered to take photographs of everything I've been up too. I/we  had the grandchildren last week, all 4 at one point.  They were well behaved after I read the riot act  over the use of IPad's and Mobiles.  The boredom threshold seems very low in the modern generation.  We got them helping in the garden and eventually the potatoes and onions got planted. The greenhouse and shed tidied and the grass cut. I'd also started off some beet root in damp paper which proves a very successful way of doing it for me.
Then  yesterday I transplanted the seedlings into compost and today there was already signs of leaves forming.

The decking was scrubbed and oiled and some of the self seeded pansies were added to baskets and tubs. I also picked up a tray of beautiful primulas for £2.40 to add to the much needed  splash of colour of colour around the garden.



The rest of the garden was tidied and the netting that was shredded by the he winter gales removed from the frame. I'm getting a new one from eBay as the local shops don't sell one big enough.

Wednesday saw me give my usual pint of blood, stocks are extremely low at the moment because lots of sessions were cancelled due to the awful weather we had in the UK.  Hubby joined me so that he could ask them about insulin dependant diabetics donating as its not normally allowed.  He has a rare blood group and would be a very  important donor.   They said they couldn't make that decision there but gave him a number to ring and discuss the possibility with their blood unit doctor.

Well we enjoyed the slightly warmer temperatures and the sunshine that eventually decided to show its face on Saturday.  I await with baited breath the 'heat wave' due sometime this week! Its another busy week as I'm looking after the grandchildren in Colchester overnight as their mummy has a very early start tomorrow. So today has been a manic day catching up on things, more on that soon.  Bye for now, Tx 





14 comments:

  1. I had never thought to germinate beetroot that way before. We've just planted ours in long plastic drainpipes, but will try the wet paper method next time. Great that your grandkids could help out in the tidy up!

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    1. I also do carrots this way it makes it much easier to thin out.

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  2. I have enjoyed having a few Amaryllis plants for many years and yours has new growth that looks healthy. It is spring here in California and I have 3 Amaryllis on the patio that have new growth. I say cheer your plant on and you may have flowers soon.

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    1. I've had besuyibea flowers and it's time for it to die back for next year, except it's sprouted leaves.

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  3. Wow, you really have been busy! It really lifts the spirits when things start growing again, doesn't it?
    J x

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    1. It's such a great feeling being outdide. I never tire of seeing seeds spring into life. Tx

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  4. I've grown amaryllis before but never kept them after they've finished flowering but I've decided to give it a go this time and see if I can get it to flower again. From what I've read you should chop off the flower spikes when they've finished flowering. New leaves, which is what I think your plant is now producing, will grow and you continue to water the plant until around the end of August/September then reduce watering for eight to ten weeks so that the bulb will go into a semi dormant state. After this time you start treating the bulb as you would if it were a new bulb. Good on you giving blood. Eleanor's just signed up but I can't do it as I've previously had cancer.

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    1. Thanks for the info Jo. I didn't realise I should cut the stalks back, I'll do that. Fingers crossed for next year!

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  5. Heatwave!! That's a foreign word around here!! We got another 11cm of snow this morning! Soooooooooo sick of it! Your amaryllis is acting a little unusual but what the heck. Maybe you were supposed to let it dry out and die back. Will be nice if you get more flowers so soon after the last ones.

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    1. I feel your pain. Don't like snow and desperately looking forward to some sun.

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  6. It sounds like you've been very busy and productive. Good luck with the amaryllis. Sorry, I've never grown them. They're gorgeous!

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    1. They are,it's my first one so I'm learning what to do.

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  7. Re A. Just water enough to keep the leaves healthy over the summer and then let it die off. Spring is a bit slow here.

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  8. You have lots of lovely things growing, I do love this time of year with summer just around the corner. I’ve been trying to persuade my son and his partner to give blood, an excellent thing to do xx

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