“At Last, the White”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
When my father passed away in early 2006, I decided to dedicate an area of the garden to him. I decided to plant that area with all white flowers. That spring, I planted an Iceberg rosebush, paperwhite narcissus, and white impatiens. Late that autumn, I ordered white amaryllis bulbs so there would be white flowers for the early spring. In the spring of 2007, only one bloomed, and it had a very short stem. I wasn’t too surprised, since I had planted these bulbs so late. In the spring of 2008, however, I was disappointed that none of the twelve bulbs bloomed. Most of the bulbs had produced a lot of foliage, and they should have bloomed. I guess they needed one more year to settle in because, at last, the white ones are blooming.
This year, there are at least eight bulbs that have produced flowers. Only one has opened yet, and I guess these bloom a little later than the others I have. With the first flower opening up, I am not disappointed with these amaryllis. The flowers are pure white with a green throat, and go well with the white violas and wax begonias that are blooming at their bases.
Last year, I added two more Iceberg roses, and all of the Icebergs now have buds, with many opening any day now. With more amaryllis flowers yet to open, the roses, and the violas, this area of the garden should soon be a special place to remember my dad.