Savannah Garden Diary

April 21, 2008

Pretty in Pink

Amaryllis ‘Apple Blossom,’ one of Coz’s leftovers. I have all too many red amaryllis, so I cherish the pink and white varieties. Of course, if I didn’t move most of the bulbs every year, they might have a chance to multiply. I find that when I buy a new bulb, it takes a year or two to get established and bloom. Some of the red ones have 6 flowers on a stem. My newer white ones are lucky if they produce three.
The sweet peas are very sweet this year, but what I want to know if why they are all pink? At first I thought the blue and purple ones must be later bloomers, but it’s been a month now and still no sign of them. Maybe I inadvertently bought 2 packets of the same variety. (From Territorial Seeds?) It’s a mystery. Better luck next year.
I think this is Tulipa clusiana. It has pink stripes outlining each petal, which don’t show up properly in this color-challenged photograph. It is exceedingly gorgeous, with the disadvantage that the flowers are very short-lived, perhaps because our springs warm up too rapidly.
I think I am finally getting the hang of pruning Knockout roses. This is Pink Knockout. The surprising thing about this particular plant is that it never gets full sun. It is in dappled shade under the pergola. It is doing much better than Red Knockout which is in full sun in the jasmine bed. When I realized how little sun this one was getting, I decided to move it into the sun, and then it puts on this show… What to do?


  1. Stunning amaryllis and oh! my favorite Tulipa clusiana. Mine have already come and gone. Your blooms seem to be about a month behind ours in Austin.

    My sweet peas were rather a failure this year. Just as they were budding caterpillars ravaged them. So far I have had one flower. I hope they come back for another flush before it gets too hot. I love the color of yours, though. Mine are just a mediocre pale blue. I bought this variety, “Perfume Delight” primarily for the scent.

    Comment by — April 21, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  2. The rose seems happy where it is. I think I would leave
    it there and thank my lucky stars. It is beautiful!

    Comment by — April 21, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  3. Those amaryllis are pretty. Mine gave up blooming for the year about a week ago. It’s good to hear they’ll multiply. I’m hoping to fill up a good sized area with them.

    Comment by — April 21, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

  4. mss: I find sometimes sweet peas do come back. I planted some in the fall and they got killed (I thought) by frost, but they are coming back cheerfully now and will obviously bloom rather late.

    Comment by karen — April 22, 2008 @ 5:58 am

  5. Hi Karen, such a lovely color, the apple blossom, wish we could grow them outside here like we could in Houston. Your rose looks very happy and healthy. Your tulip clusiana flower is short lived here also, but it is so sweet, I may have to order more.
    Frances at Faire Garden

    Comment by — April 22, 2008 @ 6:01 am

  6. Yes, Barbee, I agree I can’t get up much enthusiasm for moving that rose when it is obviously happy where it is.

    Linda: You can spread amaryllis bloom out over at least 2 months with different varieties and locations. I have a bright red one that is a passalong in this neighborhood and that blooms in early March when it is in the sun. In the shade, it blooms about 3 weeks later. Then comes Apple Blossom and a white one. The white one in the shade will still be blooming in May.

    Comment by karen — April 22, 2008 @ 6:02 am

  7. Hi Karen

    I’ve tagged you on my blog, so you’re it. Hope you want to play.

    Cheers, Simon

    Comment by — April 24, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  8. I’ve just sown my sweetpeas, which I like so much and my roses have started to get…leaves. I’m looking forward when everything blooms in June (and you have everything blooming already now!). We can get Amaryllis around Christmas but as an indoor plant. Yours is stunning, I like this special colour!
    Have a nice Sunday!

    Comment by — April 27, 2008 @ 2:44 am

  9. Barbara, there is something to be said for having a gardening time-out in winter when hardly anything is growing. Our time-out is midsummer, when it is too hot to garden for more than half an hour a day, but the weeds are growing as fast as they can!

    Comment by karen — April 28, 2008 @ 7:10 am

  10. Right now I have 3 Pink Knockout roses. Two are in part-shade and are blooming like mad, but I can tell they’re going to get leggy since they’re right under some trees and get pretty much no direct sun (they did most of their bushing out in the winter before the trees leafed out). The third I just planted in full sun, so I’ll have a good basis for comparing their performance in different exposures in another few months. And a random observation– yours seem to be a much lighter pink than mine. I like it.

    Comment by — May 8, 2008 @ 3:45 am

  11. That’s very interesting. Mine resembles your in getting sun in winter but not in summer. I’ll be interested to see how the comparison works out.

    Comment by karen — May 8, 2008 @ 7:06 am

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