This year I wanted Amaryllis that I had never grown before, and they were on sale. I ordered Aphrodite, Lady Jane, Picotee, and Glee. Much to my disappointment, one of my bargains was a mislabeled bulb.
I have another update of the greenhouse vegetables coming soon. I harvested some bell peppers today. Lately, as you can see, I have been covering my plants to avoid frostbite.
This week we had a hail storm and more than our share of rain. I may have to replant my watermelon, beans, and possibly the okra. The container vegetable garden tour shows how we are in transition from winter to summer planting.
I have results from Minerva crossed both ways with Red Lion from my Amaryllis grown from seeds project I started three years ago. I am pleased with the slight differences and nuances of red and tangerine colors because they will coordinate nicely planted in a group. I have one amaryllis seedling with white markings and a tinge of pink. The bloom measured 7 inches, and I decided to use this one for my F2 seed pod for the next experiment.
My Anne Chowning Louisiana Iris has bloomed, and my review is she is stunning, as you can see in my youtube video posted on this page today. Despite the awful weather, this iris still looks nice. I am also trying Proven Winner’s calibrachoa Holy Smokes, and I am pleased with the deep purple combined with gold gilding in the center. So charming! I have another clematis that has boomed right after H.F. Young, and this one named City of Lyon has a bright magenta bloom. Finally, I had to include a picture of the Alpine White strawberries that I grew from seeds, and they are delicious! The flavor is sweet with a tart aftertaste reminiscent of pineapple.