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RE: Oleanders/hummingbirds--Hyacinth experiment/Amaryllis

Noreen, I don't suppose you have any photos of the rare event of summer and
spring plants blooming together?  It's chili with snow coming again.  I
could use a  outdoor "bloom" fix.  Seriously, it sounds lovely.  I'm tickled
you got to see something like that! 

The hyacinth experiment was a success, BTW, with the flower stalk
lengthening a good 3".  I imagine it would have done even better had I put
the tube over the plant at least a week or two earlier.  I'll remember that
for next year.  Now I'm wondering, since this bulb was grown in a bulb vase,
how do I preserve the bulb for next year?  Has anyone here done that before?
I don't want the bulb to rot and I don't want to give up a bloom for next
year either.  

In the mean time, my Amaryllis 'Double Record' turned out to be like
me--short (maybe a foot tall.)  However, it is very pretty and quite
feminine looking, so I am enjoying it.  The Amaryllis 'Red Lion' comes up to
my waist with it's bloom stalk.  The buds have just separated and I expect
it will start to bloom within the next day or two.  Thus far, it looks
pretty spectacular, with the flower color deepening it's red color every
time I look at it, or so it seems.

The Sam's Club here just put out their bulbs/bare-root boxed plants for
spring.  I found 60 caladium for $12 and 12 day lilies for about $13.00,
among other things, should anyone be interested.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of TeichFlora@aol.com
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 8:01 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Oleanders/hummingbirds

My Oleander is a white with pink in it, but the neighbors have one that is
dark red...it is always visited by hummers.  My hummingbird bush is
directly below their Oleander (with the fence in between) so it too gets
frequent visitors.  All time favorite in my yard though for hummers is the
pink salvia....hummingbirds prefer these plants over the feeders that I used
to  put out.  No need for the feeders anymore, they initially got the
hummers  to visit years ago, but now the plants keep them coming back.
The butterflies don't seem to prefer any one plant over the other.   The
plants are what bring  the different species into the  gardens,and keep them

coming back year after year.   Butterflies  don't seem to be very particular

about where they get their nectar.  It's  not unusual to see Monarchs here
all year, but this year with the warmer  weather I've noticed a lot more
species that have been active through the  winter. Hardly anything went
dormant, so 
lots of host and nectar plants.   Passionvines and Asclepias (butterflyweed)
foliage and blooms, as did the  Cannas.  The Bougainvillas are prettier than
I've seen them in a long  time.  Rather strange sight seeing the spring
blooming with  the summer plants at the same time.    
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/22/2006 11:02:15 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Hum-  I've never seen a hummer or butterfly in oleander here.  Maybe there
are just alot better things here for them.  I'm never stuck my nose  in
oleander either.  When they are blooming her in summer (they are  
everywhere including highway medians) the smell is just nasty to me.   
But you are right, they are unkillable.

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