Heather (Just a girl with a hammer) had a better result, her plant lives on and bloomed...
|(photo credit to Heather @ just a girl with a hammer)|
To rub salt in my wounds (cause it's all about me, right?) The Outlaw featured his blooming plant in a Vignette post in April...
|(photo credit to Peter @ the outlaw gardener)|
So naturally when Peter mentioned he was thinking of getting rid of his Scadoxus puniceus, and asked if I would be interested in adopting it, I said yes. I was picturing a plant about 2 feet tall, at the most (something kind of like Heather's). You should have seen him pulling it from his car and hauling it up my driveway (why didn't I take a picture!?) He had one hand hanging onto the enormous pot (5 gallon size) and another hugging the almost 4-foot tall stems and leaves. It was so tall it couldn't even stand upright on its own (cushy life in a greenhouse). Where was I going to put it?
Luckily I found a place. I had managed to keep this brown urn empty, you know because an empty pot is an interesting focal point? Ha! Not in my garden. The pot is tall enough, and the opening small enough, that it supports the floppy stems and keeps them upright.
The flowers are long gone...
But interesting bits remain.
I did break off one stem, while wrestling the plant into the brown pot, but it was too fabulous to toss and is currently in a vase on the patio table.
I'm thinking of I protect it over the winter and then plant it out in the spring it will be a more "standard" size. Then again maybe Peter managed to create a beautiful monster (being a talented gardener and all) and this is the size it's always going to be? Only time will tell! Thank you Peter!
Weather Diary, June 13: Hi 68, Low 56/ Precip 0
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