|NERINE MASONORUM, A TINY, EVERGREEN NERINE WITH SLENDER, GRASS-LIKE FOLIAGE, AND THUMBNAIL SIZED FLOWER HEADS THAT BLOOM PROFFUSELY IN THE LATE SUMMER IN POTS|
Doesn't just seem to happen overnight? That shift from summer weather to autumn? Here in New England, it generally happens around the third week of August - a cold front passes through bringing fresh, dry, cool air, and along with it, brilliant blue skies, and chilly mornings, just around the time that one hears the kids going to the bus stop for the first classes of the year.
Three relatives of the common Amaryllis are blooming today - all are members of the Amaryllidaceae family, but each one looks quite different than the large, showy winter-blooming Amaryllis we all know and love.
Many of the Amaryllids prefer to spend their lives in pots and containers which do not freeze, spending the winter indoors or on cold, unfrozen porches and sunrooms, exploding into bloom just when you need it - at the end of summer. These bulbs, mostly native to the southern hemisphere, extend their flower buds only when the days begin to shorten in the late summer and autumn.
|NOT GROWING IN A POT, BUT IN THE GARDEN, A CLUMP OF ACIS AUTUMNALIS BLOOMS ON SCHEDULE, LATE SUMMER, IN THE ALPINE GARDEN.|