It is that time of year.
It's the season when the gardener goes valiantly forth with a spade and a bagful of lumpy, onion-y objects, in the full faith that some months later those objects will supply the garden with a fairyland of flowers.
I love bulbs, and finding which ones will grow here in the desert has been more of a challenge than I expected - partly because I do love bulbs and refuse to garden without them. This year's attempts include some which have a fair chance of success. The enormous specimens above are bulbs of Amaryllis belladonna.
But not just any Amaryllis belladonna, mind you. These are due to flower white. I began to have ideas for where to plant a few Amaryllis bulbs, so I went to Bill the Bulb Baron's website. (Yes, I would have done that anyway for the narcissus, I know!) In addition to specializing in no-chill narcissus varieties, Bill Welch has been growing strains of Amaryllis belladonna in a variety of hues, variations on the typical pink, apparently ranging from white to near-red. So now I have one of his deep cherry-pink-red ones and three white ones. Two of the latter went into the ground yesterday, following the portrait session above. The dark pink was recently planted in the North Border.
I don't intend to hold my breath as I don't know whether they will begin blooming next summer, or the next still. But I am so looking forward to seeing the flowers!
There are more bulbs to come, and indeed I still have to plant out the narcissus from this order. I love the connection between autumn and spring that bulbs bring - or even autumn to next summer, as in the case of Amaryllis belladonna. Planting bulbs is my favorite act of faith in the future of the garden.
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 93 F (34 C)/Low: 59 F (15 C); Humidity: 9%-39%