Amaryllis belladonna blooming

Susan Hayek
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 19:28:12 PDT
>On this list we have often reported when the Amaryllis belladonna start to
>bloom in California. Perhaps it is a rite like the Lycoris blooming in
>other parts of the United States and the Crinum blooming for all of you who
>love Crinum. I've had a lot of bulbs bloom for me this summer and if I have
>time I'll write about some of them in another post, but the blooming of
>Amaryllis belladonna for those of us who haven't had rain since May and
>where the garden is a bit tired is a real thrill.

**Amaryllis belladonna have been blooming here for about two weeks. I 
am about 5-6 hours north of Mary Sue, 15 minutes south-east of Diana 
Chapman, an hour and a half south of the OR border.

>happening. We did have late rain, but my garden has been very dry this
>summer. But we had an unusually warm summer with less fog so perhaps it was
>the extra heat or extra sun. Unfortunately since I'm attending the IBSA
>symposium I may miss some of this amazing display. How about the rest of
>you who grow this plant?

**We've had no rain to speak of since April, and our summer hasn't 
been particularly warm, nothing like the 90F temps we had three 
summers ago.
I have hybrids not blooming yet in the back, but my main plants are 
in the front and they're the ones blooming up a storm. I got them 
from a fellow gardener a couple of years ago, and only some of them 
bloomed last year. They've had no water since April.

>Mary Sue
>We're back to drippy fog the last few days after all that sunshine.

**And we're still at drippy fog with just a few hours of sunshine in 
the late morning/early afternoon.
Our cistern is running dry and we've just purchased our 3rd load of water.
My plants are suffering.

susan hayek, North Coast of CA, USA, zone 9b, Sunset zone 17.
15 miles south of Eureka, CA, overlooking the Eel River, with a peek 
of the ocean.

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