Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
No, really, I mean I FORGOT
When they wrote that they'd "forgotten" I believed they meant temporarily. As in "oh, that's right! I planted those and then forgot about them" which is not to say they really forgot, forgot, they just weren't thinking about the Lycoris radiata they'd planted because they can take up to two years to bloom after planting, and they don't always bloom every year. One site I consulted playfully hinted aliens from another planet controlled their bloom cycles just to torment earthbound gardeners.
I looked at their photos of Lycoris in bloom in their posts and remembered I'd seen bulbs for sale when I made my last major nursery buyout. I think I commented on both sites about how I wished I had picked some up. Shortly after that my daughter pointed out more bulbs for sale at the big box hardware store where I (almost) always resist buying plants because who knows where they came from? I agreed they were striking as we passed them by.
I had "passed-that-plant-up-regret". Big time.
Then as I went out to pick up Saturday's mail, you'll probably guess what I spotted out in a front bed close to our mailbox. Yup. Lycoris radiata. I planted them and then forgot about them. And I do mean FORGOT. ALL ABOUT THEM. As in completely, totally, if you'd insisted to me I'd already planted some, I'd call you a liar to your face. (not really, I wasn't raised that way)
I can only hope Bambi took a bite or two and didn't like them enough to eat any more. Ever. I hustled to get a couple of shots of the rest of the blooms just in case. Now I'm trying to decide whether to leave them where they are or to try and move them inside the fence after their blooms fade*. (*But before I forget. Again.)