Fourth-of-July is mostly apparent – at least in past and future prospect – in my amaryllis. It’s spring bloom was striped red and white, and – although it’s a stretch of concept – the blue sky behind it completed the holiday color triumvirate. The current day’s activity is in gathering the seed for a billion more future plants.
As my husband observed many years ago, “Gardeners have faith in the future.” Indeed. We gather seed, prepare soil, sow seed, water, wait in faith and hope, mulch seedlings, continue watering and protecting, transplant, wait and water and mulch some more, and finally enjoy thriving plants and possibly blooms and fruit. Maybe.
Sometimes this process may be only a couple of weeks or months or years. For my amaryllis venture, it’s been one year so far, from when I gathered the seed a year ago, to today’s transplanting of bulblets. And it’ll be another couple of years before the bulbs are large enough to bloom. So, yes, definitely faith in the future “payback” of all this effort.
But what great fun and expectation in the meantime!
Here’s the process, so you can do the same with your own amaryllis seeds.
Transplanting into 4” containers for sharing with other gardeners.