|Hippeastrum 'Razzle Dazzle' in bloom today|
Of course you have to help it along a bit with proper planting.
'Razzle Dazzle' began to open yesterday; 'Pavlova' (below), 10 days ago. If everything goes well, I should have cut flowers through St. Paddy's Day!
'Pavlova' wasn't staked like 'Razzle Dazzle' so she flopped as soon as two flowers opened. I cut the stem and, 10 days later, she is still blooming in a vase on my desk at work.
|Hippeastrum 'Pavlova' opened 10 days ago and now lives in a vase.|
|Potted up in October - see blog|
|Hippeastrum 'Apple Blossom' last March|
Potted up in the Lechuza Delta 20 planter, this 'Apple Blossom' trio is now showing buds and will hopefully be in bloom in a couple of weeks. Last year, its second since I originally bought it, it opened on March 26.
I promised more color, though, right? Brunfelsia australis should be more readily available. This tropical is easy to grow, stays small, and starts blooming as early as mid-January. Also called "yesterday, today and tomorrow, for its stages of bloom color, it might not be a showstopper when compared with other tropical plants, but it's easy to get excited about it in mid-winter. This Brunfelsia is available from Logee's.
|Brunfelsia australis flowers are slightly larger than a quarter.|