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Gardening in America

by Nancy Fletcher

       This year my amaryllis was absolutely beautiful with four large blooms on one stem. I brought it back off the front patio into the small atrium away from the wind and rain we've been having.

    What did I do?  I haven't a clue. It did stay all winter close to the brick wall of the back porch. The leaves have been there for a while but then suddenly was this beautiful bloom.  The temperature must have been what it liked, we did not have a very cold winter.  There was a grow light over it and maybe that had something to do with it, too. I usually catch rain water for my plants out there but this spring and late winter was so dry there wasn't much of that. I did fertilize them, but only one time with Miracle Gro. 

    There are several different varieties of plants in that pot. Seems to me they all do better when they are mixed up like that. It is like they are saying, "Hey, Guys! Wow! Look at Ginger!  Isn't she a doll. Think I'll flex my leaves a bit.  Wonder if she sees me!  (I'm joking) but it is fun to watch things grow. I told someone I couldn't do one or the other community projects.

     "Oh? They muttered, "You have to stay with your little plants?"

      Have you ever heard that little cartoon character that is a dog (I think)?  He is the one who has a wheezing laugh. That's me. Of course, they couldn't know because I keep my hand over the telephone receiver.


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