You know you're in trouble when....(add to the list!)

kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)September 30, 2009

You know you're in trouble when (notice I didn't say "You know you have too many amaryllis when..."!):

1) You get the order from BloomingBulbs and realize that you ordered some of the same bulbs from ______(insert any other bulb supplier here)!!

2) You can't keep track of what you have without referring to your "Master List" - that has now spilled over onto a 2nd page of 2 columns!

Kristi

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Noni Morrison

Ha ha, Kristi! I did that with Dancing Queen this year, 3 from VE, 3 from someone else! I Know I decided I wanted it laat year but this is rediculous.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 10:08PM
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e36yellowm3(7 Raleigh, NC)

I've got one... you buy sushi for lunch from the cafeteria because it comes in the perfect container to start your seeds in. (and sadly that's the truth, too) Alana

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 10:39PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You start saving the white plastic knives from work because you can wash them and use them to label your seedlings!
K

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 6:44AM
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jodik_gw

You arrange your apartment living space around your plants!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 8:08AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You give up precious sleep because the automatic timer turns the lights on your plant shelves on long before the sun comes up!
:-)

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 9:19AM
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mariae(9b Vero Beach Fl)

The front gallery porch of your home, that you have rearrange (making space for people transit) so husband doesn't complain, is again full of plants you have no idea how.... or you have, but... can't resist.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 10:02AM
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jodik_gw

You learn to sleep through the timers kicking on and off... and the bright, blinding lights, that look like an airport from the outside, don't even wake you up!

When you take money from your grocery stash to buy bulbs with!

When the sink load of "dishes" you're washing are actually pots and garden tools... and maybe a coffee cup or two!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 10:25AM
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holantina

When you not only have hippies growing in "normal places" like the livingroom and the patio, but also your guest's room is getting a bit crowded, your attic, and even your bathroom!
When you can't resist to buy that unhappy looking- fellow growing in the cheap soilmix, or starting to send scapes in a box at the department store! Wish i could buy them all :-)

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 10:39AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You ask your coworkers to give you their emty "icky sticky cheesecake slice to go" boxes from the Cheesecake Factory because they too are just perfect for starting seeds (see sushi comment above)...I have cookie containers from WalMart under my desk for very same reason!

hehehe
K

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 11:15AM
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jodik_gw

When the highlight of your life is getting the newest bulb catalogs in the mail!

When you start giving away bulbs and getting particular about the varieties you order!

When you look at every piece of furniture in your house as a potential resting place for a pot, and you gauge how much natural light the plant can get by with... or should you just hang more grow lights in the living room!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 12:25PM
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holantina

* giggling * How great to know i'm not alone being a complete flower-crazy :-)
Happy gardening to you all and i wish you lots of creative ideas on finding more space to keep and care for your lovely hippies!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 1:30PM
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jodik_gw

This is like a support group for hippeastrum addicts... we could just as well be named Amaryllids Anonymous!

You know you're in trouble when... your car automatically turns in at the garden center!

When you sit on the floor at WalMart and go through every single boxed kit, looking for the perfect bulb!

When you spend more time caring for your plants than doing housework!

When you used to hate winter, but now love it because it means Hippeastrum Season!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 3:17PM
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blancawing

All I can say is...I love you guys!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 3:36PM
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ryan820(z5b Denver, Colorado, USA)

You know you're addicted when you exchange literally hundreds of emails between other hippeaddicts regarding your bulbs, plants and future bulb purchases, to include but not limited to hippis, orchids, AV's, succulents, cacti. And that this happens in roughly a month's time.

Also, that you begin sending possible ebay scores to these friends titled, "Warning: Enabler Alert", only to get an email a day or so later that that friend did in fact buy that plant on ebay.

The roots of this addiction runs deep.

Ryan

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 6:21PM
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tugbrethil

You live in zone 9, and your amaryllis in pots far outnumber the ones in the ground, 'cause you ran out of space!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 6:27PM
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jodik_gw

When you're completely and totally out of space, but you keep collecting bulbs anyway!

I love you's guys, too! :-)

Oh no! Group Hug!!!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 6:02AM
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holantina

(keeps on giggling) Let's ad to the confessions of this Amaryllids Anonimous group: when you buy a bulb you positively know you already have, but yours has already bloomed and you want to enjoy the gorgeous flowers again and can't wait to do so. You end up with two Apple blossoms, three Red Lions, etc. that you of course, can't throw away as some other people do. By the way, here in the Netherlands a lot of people don't even know that you can keep amaryllis like a house plant and watch it flower every year. They just throw the bulbs away as soon as flowers fade. I think it's sad....

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 7:46AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Dear Holantina,
Can you email me? I am coming to Holland in March 2010 and would love to ask you some questions!!
Thanks in advance,
Kristi

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 10:20AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

Paraphrasing Jodi: You arrange your house living space around your plants(and cats), and explain to the cats why their window space has been severely reduced :D

Also, You know you're in trouble when DH helps you bring the bulbs outside in the early summer, and he actually counts them: "um, did you know you have 70 bulbs"? To which I respond: "Really? I had NO idea!" ;)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 11:58AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You know you're in trouble when you really really start worrying when you haven't heard from the likes of Larissa, Chaz, Frank, and Kitty in a long while!! You wish you could just pick up the phone, but you can't.

HELLOOOOOOOOOO!?!?!

:-)
K

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 7:42PM
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frank27603

"hippeaddicts"...hehe! Loves it Ryan! You guys are the BEST! I can't wait to start the season again.

You know you're addicted when you are secretly planning how to decorate your office with Hippie's and impress/addict other colleagues this year!!!

I've been MIA here on the forum for a while. It made me feel so good to see my name listed Kristi.

Chaz, Kitty, Larissa...your turn. Come out, come out wherever you are!!!

-Frank

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 11:27PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Heheheheh... and I was thinking those were the names of new bulbs...

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beachplant(9b)

You put plants on the roof because not only is the yard full but so are all the porches, windows, you've planted both sides of the alley, are growing plants on your neighbors porch...
AND you come to this site looking to see if bulbs are out yet.
The staff at the local nursery knows you and just points when you walk in. Or worse they have a bunch of stuff behind the counter they think you'll like, and you buy it all.
You live with another gardener and you enable each other.
You buy uh, a bunch of bulbs you already have because they were cheap and well, they jumped in my cart I SWEAR they did!

Tally HO!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 12:08PM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

When you've already placed your order with Royal Colors (back in July!) and you've now noticed a new bulb added to their list, and you just MUST have it! "Tres Chic"!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 1:27PM
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ryan820(z5b Denver, Colorado, USA)

I'm beginning to think the gardening world is a conspiracy... a conspiracy to rob me of my money, time and sanity and in its place, amazing plants. And i'm ok with this.

Whoever is running this conspiracy is a freaking genius!

Ryan

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 5:36PM
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phoenixryan

wow, I'm guilty of all the above.... and a few more...

... when you buy a new house so you can have a bigger yard.

... when you buy a new bulb and wonder what characteristics will come through when you cross pollinate.

... when you see a flower somewhere and you become obsessed with getting one, no matter how hard it is to obtain (Shacoba!).

... when you let a work call go to voice mail because you're too busy responding to a forum post.

... when you find it unusual that there wasn't a plant delivered in the mail each day.

... when you buy a plant that has no hope of growing in your zone, so you spend hundreds of dollars on warming mats, lighting, humidifiers, etc just to keep it alive indoors.

... your wine/beer fridge doesn't have room for anything but bulbs.

... when you finally realize you are a sick person (CHAD) and are happy about it and hope there is never a cure.

... when you seek out the clearance rack at Home Depot and Lowe's looking for the sick plants you can take home and nurse back to health at a bargain.

At least I'm in good company! :-)

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 9:36PM
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ladyaustin96(z9NPR, FL)

I'm guilty of all of the above!! Except for buying a bigger home...I'm trying tho!!

kim

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jodik_gw

When looking for our next home, I'll be more interested in the gardening potential of the yard, and how the natural lighting is throughout the house! I don't want a large house... I want a decent sized yard, plenty of eastern and southern windows, and maybe even a space for a small greenhouse!

If you must have an addiction, bulbs are a good one to have! I'm hopelessly addicted!

Growing and working with plants is relaxing, fulfilling, and it feeds the soul... what more could a person want?!

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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

... you think you need customized potting soil. :)

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jodik_gw

...when you actually DO customize your own medium!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2009 at 9:43PM
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Noni Morrison

VEry good you guys! Keep it up. I am still pretty tired after the pnuemonia but am enjoying this very much! Especially the "customized potting soil" one. Talked to the guy at our True Value and he didn't have anything in a premade mix that did not include something to hold moisture but he recommended our local Farm and garden store where he used to work. As soon as I get the energy I will go see what they have. IN the meantime I am still cleaning and "debugging" my bulbs that have been outside and waking up my seedlings that dried out so much they went dormant.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2009 at 6:31PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You take all the beverages out of the spare refrigerator to make room for your bulbs...then when people gripe about warm sodas....you point them to the icemaker!!
;-)...you have your priorities, ya know!
K

    Bookmark   October 8, 2009 at 8:35PM
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haitidoc

When you spend the summer building a greenhouse for your amaryllis bulbs.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 12:02AM
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jodik_gw

When you purchase a new camera specifically for taking flower pictures!

When you save spare change and pennies in a jar... and call it your Bulb Fund!

When the best gifts you ever got were bulbs from your dear, dear friends! And you know who you are... ;-)

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 8:34AM
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sylviatexas1

"You put plants on the roof because not only is the yard full but so are all the porches, windows, you've planted both sides of the alley, are growing plants on your neighbors porch..."

I love it!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 2:37PM
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purpleclover(CA Sunset 18)

When you motivate your work self by rewarding new business with a new bulb!

When you realize that that wall you've been wanting to build along the front of the house to create a courtyard is really a great idea because it would give you more places to plant hippes and potted plants could line the top of the wall!

When you get your lazy self to shade off the west side of the house (which has needed doing for years) because it will be a great place to winter seedlings. Then you realize that the more potted plants along that west wall, the cooler the house will be next summer. "Honey, I think I've figured out a way to save us money on the summer utility bill." :-D

When you take that severely rusted college french out to try to read Laurier's plan for going from seed to bloom in a year.

G

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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

When you take that severely rusted college french out to try to read Laurier's plan for going from seed to bloom in a year.

Hysterical! That one takes the cake!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 6:16PM
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mariava7

When you almost whacked your hubby's sports car with your watering wand because he broke one of your hundreds of amaryllis' pots.

Geeeezzzzz...

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 7:12PM
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jodik_gw

When you head out to the garage at night, in your pajamas, to look for another bag of poultry grit so you can mix another batch of custom medium! And, boy, is it getting cold out there! :-)

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 12:35AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

When DH helps take the hipps back indoors this weekend and he informs you there are 20 bulbs already in the basement - and I tell him please stop counting! And then, he sees some bulbs in a basket in the living room (new arrivals - shhhh!)and asks what are those. To which I respond, amaryllis - to which he responds: "don't you have enough yet?" :) LOL I smile and remind him of the mid-November look-out for the Royal Colors delivery :)

Um - I guess the ones I'll be picking up at the local coop shortly will come in via my briefcase, and furtively potted. (Darned Virgo mathematicians and their counting habits!)

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 1:39PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Wow Mariava....DRASTIC!!

Ah....one of the pleasures of being single....no one asks!

Anna, next time, just tell DH that your GW friends sent you bulbs and he'll be none the wiser. Or ask him to develop an algorithm to predict offsets and where you'll put them all. Maybe it will prove the need for more space for your bulbs!!
:-)
K

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 2:56PM
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holantina

Bravo Mariava, that will keep him away from your hippies!
Anna and Jodik... same here....i go out in the rain to save my hippies for becoming wet,go out in the cold to mix some medium. My husband rolls his eyes when he sees the bulbs coming :-)

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 3:18PM
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phoenixryan

When your linen cupboard spends winter completely empty because every spare sheet, blanket and towel is outside protecting your plants from frost.....

When you take more pleasure in buying a bulb for a friend, than you get from buying them for yourself (not that that stops you!)...

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 3:37PM
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jodik_gw

When every container you look at has the potential to be something you can start seeds in!

When you get mad because someone gave all the poultry grit to the poultry... when clearly, it should have gone into your medium! I could have sworn we bought 3 bags... now I have to go back to the farm store for more!

If someone uses my reptile bark for reptiles, I'm gonna scream!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 4:15PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You eyeball wire clothes hangers as potential scape support! And then wonder why you don't have any clothes hangers!...because you've cut up a bunch to make pretty scape "hoops"...to hold up leaves and scapes!
K

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 6:20PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

And, boy, is it getting cold out there!

I wish! We hit 90 degrees again today with 85 percent humidity. Ugh. We have been 10-15 degrees above normal for the past four weeks. On the positive side, my seedlings are growing like it is mid-summer!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 7:43PM
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beachplant(9b)

You come to this forum to see who has bulbs in the stores.

My neighbor is very happy with the bromeliad we put on her porch this week, it's got big pink blooms. We'll stick it back in the yard after it blooms, and put something else on her porch!
I'm thinking of putting amaryllis in her livingroom windows this winter, I can see them when I pull up and then plant them in the garden after they bloom.

Tally HO!

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jodik_gw

When you steal your husband's welding rod because those, also, make great support hoops when bent the right way!

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holantina

When you decide that if you can't find any garden center where they stock lava stone chips, you wil go to Belgium (place is 135 km away from home) to buy some! You gotta have lava stones to ad to your potting medium for healthy growing hippies or else....

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 3:53PM
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mariava7

When your weekly grocery list is slowly becoming almost "all meat" as your fridge is starting to fill up with amaryllis bulbs.

"Ok kids, drink your fruit juices and eat your fruit cups!"

"Dinner??? Beef with broccoli(frozen)!!!"

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 10:50PM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

When you've been told you have an "abnormal" amount of bulbs!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 11:19AM
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purpleclover(CA Sunset 18)

I just found a GW member that has more than 999 different hostas! You gotta have a goal.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 1:40PM
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ryan820(z5b Denver, Colorado, USA)

My parents taught me to have follow-through and finish what I start... I've only just begun.

Ryan

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 3:59PM
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Noni Morrison

when you hobble 200 feet to the mail box on a sore foot several times a day to see if just maybe a small order got left in the box, even though you know that they will be coming in big crates. And wonder every time the dogs bark if that means there is a delivery truck in the driveway...

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 11:49PM
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clancy1985

You spend three days searching the forum to find out how to register here... 'cos I'm in Australia and I'm awed by all of your hippeastrums and the information here. Is it okay to ask if I should start as a newbie here - or is there somewhere else I should start?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 5:28AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Clancy,
We have LOTS of newbies here...just start a new post with your questions! WELCOME!! Where do you live in Australia??
Kristi
Spring, TX

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 6:52AM
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jodik_gw

Welcome to everyone who is new to this forum! You are right on schedule! Hippeastrum season is just getting under way!

I'm not sure there even ARE 999 different hippeastrum varieties to shoot for... but you know you're in trouble when you pass the 50 bulb mark... and then the 75 bulb mark... and so on... you're right, Ryan... everyone needs a goal! :-)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 8:03AM
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Noni Morrison

Clancy, welcome! It is always fun to meet new hippeastrum admirers and get to be friends as most of us here are! I joined 2 or 3 years ago and the pressure to keep up with other people' beautiful flowers makes it so much easier to buy the bulbs you wanted anyhow!

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 5:06PM
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clancy1985

Thank you for your welcomes, Kristi, jodik and lizalily.

Kristi, I'm not very far from Melbourne, in the suburbs. I must check out to see if I can put that info in the My Page bit.

You're past the 75 bulb mark, jodik! I've got some catching up to do - what fun!

And I like your thinking lizalily, an excellent reason to buy more bulbs...

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 1:28AM
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gardencraze(9b Groveland FL.)

Hi guys, I'm drooling at the mention of all these hipies you are talking about. I have always love amaryllis and had a couple of dozen when I sold my house and couldn't dig them out to take with. Loosing my home was bad enough OH but loosing my garden it was almost more then I could bear.It took about 3 years to even start thinking about gardening again. (too depressed)

Long story short, this past spring I started to garden again. I have 4 hipies now and I'm looking for more.
Can some of send me some reliable places to purchse from???

And if there is anything that might interest you on my trade list let me know.

Hungry for hipies,
Carmen

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 7:52AM
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jodik_gw

There are lots of good bulb sources, but I think a few of our favorites include Royal Colors, John Scheeper's, Blooming Bulb, Easy To Grow Bulbs, Willow Creek Gardens, American Meadows, Brent & Becky's Bulbs, White Flower Farm, MZ Bulbs, Nature Hills... just to name a few. I'm sure there are more online catalog sources.

Then, there's Ebay, any local source like garden centers, WalMart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's... and keep your eyes open at grocery stores, hardware stores, and anywhere else that sells garden plants and supplies.

I included a link for Royal Colors... any of the named companies can be easily found by Googling. Or, just Google "Amaryllis Bulbs" or "Hippeastrum".

And once you locate and look through the online catalogs, the next step is making your bulb choices! Good luck! There are so many wonderful varieties available that making an affordable list is next to impossible!

Other sources are utilized, as well... we occasionally go in on group purchases so we are able to import from other countries, or just to keep shipping and pricing reasonable.

If there's a sale, you'll hear about it here! And believe me, it doesn't take long to amass a huge collection of different varieties... and then, there are other tender amaryllids to collect and grow... relatives of the Hippeastrum. Some of us branch off into collecting other bulb types. It's an addiction, but one that has many rewards!

Welcome! Let the Season begin!

Here is a link that might be useful: Royal Colors - Quality Amaryllis/Hippeastrum Bulbs

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 8:36AM
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gardencraze(9b Groveland FL.)

Jodik, thanx, for that site they sure have some beauties
I'm on a tight buget but I'm sure I can aford a couple of those.

Thank you
Carmen

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 10:07PM
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jodik_gw

Be sure to check out the different online companies that offer these bulbs... the pricing does vary. Some are a little more, and some are a little less... and some places have different shipping costs, too.

John Scheepers is one of the less expensive places... although, I'm not certain how cheap their shipping is.

And if you don't mind waiting a bit, many of these places will have sales after the Holidays.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 7:22AM
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Noni Morrison

Sales, yes, but the bulbs are startng to show problems by then and the nursuries want to get them off their hands while they can still make money on them. I have learned the hard way to buy all of mine before December. THe ones I have bought after that either froze in transit or were not top quality. If you buy later you will want to get adept at cutting out rotten spots and treating fungus.

Another source for cheap bulbs would be to ask for the bulbs after your friends are done with their Christmas amaryllis, and grow them on to rebloom the next winter. So many people do treat them as throw away bulbs and might be glad to pass them on to you.

I buy a lot of them in lots of 3 from Van Engelen, and for you I think the shipping would probably be only in the 10per cent range. I have to pay 20 % out here to Washington State. You might want to go to their site and watch for any late season sales. THe extras would make good Christmas presents if you do not want them for yourself. Happy Growing!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 1:10PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Lizalily....not to disagree....but I had excellent luck with the bulbs that I bought from Royal Colors in March 2008. They all bloomed and continue to do very well. I think that if you start out with a great company (like RC) they take excellent care all year. The bad bulb is a rarity from them. Sure wish they could cut the shipping to the US though!!

Kristi
(officially past the 100 bulb mark...know I'm close to 75 varieties!)...we should have the bronze circle for those with 25 varieties, the silver circle for those past 50 varieties, the gold circle for 75, and platinum for those with 100 varieties!! What fun!
:-)
Kristi

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 3:04PM
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jodik_gw

The later in the season it gets, the more you take a chance on getting bulbs that are "leftovers"... this is true. And then there are climates to consider when shipping... hippeastrum bulbs don't do well in cold weather.

Good suggestions from Lizalily... or, if you have the patience, collect them slowly by only getting a few new ones each season.

And, as Kristi says, it's dependent upon the company you choose... and luck. I've been happy with the majority of my purchases... but then, I'm getting pretty good at saving rotting bulbs!

I'd have to do an actual variety count... but I'm up there in quantity! Plus, I also collect other tender amaryllids, such as nerine, lycoris, crinum, habranthus, rhodophiala, and others. I live in a jungle!

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beachplant(9b)

When you have a goal.
Ryan we are in trouble!
I bought a bunch of bulbs from Brent & Becky's a couple of years ago in Feb. maybe, they had a sale, all but one bulb arrived in great shape and they sent me a replacement for the one rotted one.
With all the new crosses, bulbs from other countries, I bet we can hit 999. Jodi WHERE are you going to put them all?
My New neighbors on the East side were out yesterday in their garden. All I could think was I can stick some plants there, and there, and why are they planting THAT! I have something that will work much better there....
Tally HO!

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Just counted....77 varieties with over 100 (!) bulbs. Where's that 12-step program???

Kristi

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 7:36PM
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jodik_gw

Tally, I keep them all indoors, in clay pots, shoulder to shoulder, jammed on windowsills and shelves, under lights... our little one room apartment looks like a jungle on the inside.. and from the outside, it must resemble an airport beacon!

I'm actually surprised the law hasn't stopped by to see what all the indoor grow lights are about!

Kristi, we DO have a 12 step program in place... but I think ours is 12 steps to having the most hippeastrums and how to keep them all healthy! LOL!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 6:47AM
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anna_in_quebec(z4 QC)

When you're looking to find a really good excuse to buy more bulbs from the co-op up the street from where you work (a short lunchtime trip - already been there last week!), and you come up with:

"Well, last year I bought San Remo, and it turned out to be Pink Impression, a really nice surprise. Soooo, I might have more surprises if I buy more bulbs (I love surprises!)"

What do you think?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 10:58AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

You need to keep a spread sheet of all of your plants and bulbs!

You promised yourself and DH lol that you were done planting for the season, and you go and buy more bulbs, and more bulbs lol

You keep a backup garden diary on Dave's Garden, just in case your puter crashes and you need to know what you have planted

You begin to order a 100 plant markers, thinking that'll be enough, when they come it's not nearly enough lol

You start hiding the fact that you bought yet another plant from DH lol

I could probably go on and on... lol

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 6:54PM
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jodik_gw

When you make a special trip to town so you can buy more poultry grit (granite chips) and reptile bedding (pine bark fines), both items which you use to create your custom medium!

When the first place you go, no matter what store you enter, is straight to the plant section to check for hippeastrum bulbs!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 9:15AM
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Noni Morrison

I know I have about 130 bulbs but not sure how many varieties. (We are only counting ready to bloom bulbs, not our seedlings, right. I also have about 40 new bulbs on sale on order so do I win? I have at least one of most varieties available now, with new ones ordered mostly in multiples of 3. THank goodness my cut flower business gives me an excuse to indulge myself! THese bright beautiful flowers are my winter lifeline to sanity and joy.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 6:02PM
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Noni Morrison

I know I have about 130 bulbs but not sure how many varieties. (We are only counting ready to bloom bulbs, not our seedlings, right. I also have about 40 new bulbs on sale on order so do I win? I have at least one of most varieties available now, with new ones ordered mostly in multiples of 3. THank goodness my cut flower business gives me an excuse to indulge myself! THese bright beautiful flowers are my winter lifeline to sanity and joy.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 6:03PM
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jodik_gw

I hear ya, Lizalily! I seem to get more depressed as the days get shorter in autumn... and having a nice collection of indoor bulbs to care for really helps me maintain some semblance of sanity and joy, too!

Each year, I get at least a couple new bulbs for winter bloom... and between that, and pollinating the different flowers, and waiting for seed pods to develop for planting... it all keeps me busy. I don't have time to be too depressed!

The ground is still a bit muddy, but I managed to get two dozen roses planted and mulched, and I began bulb planting. I got about 5 bags of tulips and allium bulbs in... so, I'm off to a decent start. I think if I have two more decent days, I can finish up the planting and begin winterizing!

Pray for decent weather!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 8:16PM
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e36yellowm3(7 Raleigh, NC)

OK here's a new one for me... I mean, from me ;-) You work from home on the day your big box o' bulbs is due to be delivered so you can open them up right away and check them out. And you can also stash them so no one else in the house sees exactly how many you ordered! Alana

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 10:03PM
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jodik_gw

You know you're in trouble when... you really don't care what anyone thinks about how many bulbs you have! You have what you have, and doggone it, you'll get more if you want to! :-)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 11:29PM
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salpal(4)

When you find yourself "giving away" your pink floydxpapilio 2 yr old seedlings and tell your friends "call me if they put up a scape". The plan: they take care of your biggest most likely to bloom crosses over the winter and sometimes they give them back anyway. I only gave the ones I think will bloom- they get a bloom, I hope to see the blooms and to have the room to pamper the rest.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 12:50AM
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rredbbeard(SE CT USA/zone 6)

...you have no counter/table space in your kitchen because it's *ALL* growing space.

--Rr

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 1:03PM
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sprouts_honor(5, southern shore of Erie)

When you send your husband an email titled, "What wifey wants for Christmas" and the only content is a link to White Flower Farm followed by a list of amaryllis varieties. When he asks if he can buy the same bulbs from another vendor, you insist that White Flower Farm guarantees 2 scapes. And you end the conversation with "Honey, it's where Martha Stewart buys bulbs."

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 10:18PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Now you're spending all your $$ on accessories for the greenhouse and when your coworkers ask you what you want for Christmas, all you can think of is bulb related items or bulbs themselves, but you don't trust them to buy the right ones!!
:-/
K

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 6:59AM
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dondeldux

When you find a nursery that has a bulb that you want and it's packaged up in one of those kits that you just can't open (Fairy Tale) and your husband positions himself between you and the sales person so they won't see that you are shredding the box to inspect the bulb and you still can't get it open! Then you act as the block and DH
tries to open the kit and you both fail and you walk out and you grumble all the way home!

Donna.......... (never did get a Fairy Tale) well there is always next year........

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 9:34AM
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rebecca47(USA Zone 5)

OMG, I must be certifiable then! My passion for plants expands well beyond hippies as they include many different "tropicals" and "arids" an that just the "House Plants". I also can not plant a Lantana in the ground, they must go into pots so I can carry them over from year to year! My current "project" with them is to grow them in "Standard Form". Which is also how I grow the majority of my Tropical Hibiscus, which includes two I have gropwn from a cross I made several years ago and one of them have never bloomed! (But I keep it anyway because I just "know" it will be something very special!)

I bought a bunch of cacti at Lowe's simple because they were not going to carry them over inside and what didn't sell would be pitched. I have several duplicated varieties there!

Then there's the garden plants. I hybridize Daylilies (Hemerocallis) and am so out of room it is pathetic! I have at least 3 new plants coming in the spring and am still trying to figure out where to put the ones I got this past summer that are wintering over in pots! We won't even talk about the thousands of seeds I have from crosses made this season or the ones I have held over the last 2 season because I had no place to plant them out!

I am not only addicted I am OBSESSED!

Rebecca, who they are coming to take away, hay, hay!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 11:42AM
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jodik_gw

When you stare down the store clerks and dare them to come tell you not to open every box! As if a mere salesperson could stop us!

When you have so many bulbs and so little space, you begin to devise ways of vertical gardening indoors!

When you freak out at a heater malfunction, fearing your plants will freeze before your husband can fix it! Yikes!

When all you want for Christmas is bulbs or bulb related items... and your entire family knows!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 11:44AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Now you're spending all your $$ on accessories for the greenhouse and when your coworkers ask you what you want for Christmas, all you can think of is bulb related items or bulbs themselves, but you don't trust them to buy the right ones!!
:-/
K

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 6:11PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You know you're in trouble when your stupid computer apparently is possessed and keeps sending the same messages multiple times!! Why/how is that happening?? You know it won't even let you send a reply with the same heading so how is it sending the same message??
I'm ready to give up on this!
It's only been happening the last week!
K

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 6:43PM
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jodik_gw

Sometimes, it will allow a message to be sent again, if you are reloading without getting to the main forum page first. I've had this happen a couple of times... and as soon as I hit "reload", I think... oops! But it's too late.

The only other explanation is a glitch somewhere, perhaps.

If you don't already have it, download Spybot - Search & Destroy and run it... you may have a funky script running in your browser that shouldn't be there.

Download it at the link below. It's free, and it's highly recommended by Larry... my tech-geek husband!

Here is a link that might be useful: SpyBot Search & Destroy - Free Download

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 7:18PM
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wesley_butterflies(5b/6)

You know your in trouble when you know more about hipppes than a reputable garden center pro at the indoor garden dept.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 4:58PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Some of this is so wrong.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2009 at 3:55PM
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brigarif Khan

When you find you have no place left in your garden for the ANNUALS.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 10:09AM
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rebecca47(USA Zone 5)

* Posted by wesley_butterflies 5b/6 mass (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 11, 09 at 16:58

You know your in trouble when you know more about hipppes than a reputable garden center pro at the indoor garden dept.

That is SOOO true, but then in some cases, it doesn't take much to be smarter than some garden center workers!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 11:06AM
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jodik_gw

When you obsess over everything involved to ensure proper care and culture... like the medium ingredients, the fertilizer, the water, the lights, the ambient temperature, the humidity... even the pots!

But every year, your bulbs prove to you how good of a job you're doing!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 11:46AM
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wesley_butterflies(5b/6)

lol right you are, For me all it only took this forum
I know I'm in trouble cause I live this close to a wholesale pot supplier. You now your in trouble when you open up bags of mediums befor buying them

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 5:43PM
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jodik_gw

When you forgo bagged soils altogether, and mix your own!

When you spend more time looking for the right ingredients for your medium mix, than you would for the right ingredients to cook a dish!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 6:13PM
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purpleclover(CA Sunset 18)

Well, I had to add this one because it might even be unique. Or maybe not, LOL.

The other evening SO walked into my office and said, "Do I need to get a bulb outfit? You're spending so much time these days reading about bulbs, looking at your bulbs, looking at pictures of blooming bulbs... I'm afraid I'm going to have to dress like a bulb to get your attention.

I replied, "I think I'm going to have to post that one."

BTW, there is no bulb widow here. Just a birthday week and someone wanting a little extra attention.

G

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 12:27PM
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aseedisapromise

purpleclover, this made me laugh and laugh! Thanks for posting!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 1:53PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You know you're in trouble when you realize that every spare inch of kitchen counter surface (and extra workspace that you've made for the top of the dog crates) is taken up by Amaryllis that are either in bloom or about to bloom. Anyone have a suggestion for where I prepare the big dinner this week??

I know it was a week ago, but so thrilled to see Arif reply!

Happy holidays everyone...no matter which ones you are celebrating!

Kristi

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 2:55PM
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beachplant(9b)

When Dan posts pics and you realize you don't have that plant and NEED one. Or those pics of the blooms go up and it's one of those, Hey! I can buy a few plants this week, moments, and next thing you know you spent, oh, who needs food anyway?
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 8:11AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

...you see paper napkins with amaryllis on them and all you can think of is all the neat things you can make with them. The thought of using them to wipe food from your mouth never crosses your mind!
Kristi

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 8:39PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

I had to be #100 since I started this fun post!!

YOU KNOW THAT, as a group, WE ARE IN TROUBLE WHEN...we have 100 posts about how we are in trouble!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
:-)
Kristi

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 8:40PM
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newbud_grow

You know your in trouble when you come to the Amaryillis forum just to unwind from the others. :-)

    Bookmark   December 21, 2009 at 9:00PM
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jodik_gw

You know you're in trouble when it's just a few days before Christmas, and you're so wrapped up in your bulbs and the Amaryllis Forum, that you haven't even thought about Christmas shopping!

And you're torn between visiting family for Christmas, and staying home so you don't miss the opening of your flowers!

Happy Holidays!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2009 at 2:45PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You know you're in trouble when you look at your kitchen and because of all the amaryllis in bloom (and about to) you have no idea where you are going to prepare Christmas dinner!!! They are covering every spare horizonal spot!
K

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 7:19AM
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jodik_gw

When horizontal is taken up, and you begin to go vertical! :-)

    Bookmark   December 23, 2009 at 9:23AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

We are having a very VERY windy night! All I can think of is that the greehouse is going to go flying (it's a pop up) and we will have a freeze tonight to boot....so will worry all night that stakes won't hold and "flowerhouse" will be in neighbor's yard before it's all over! Cover I made against summer's downpours was torn in pieces (it was just pvc and polycarbonate roof); the pvc wasn't glued together, so it just popped at the joints and the "roof" ended up in the middle of my yard. Couldn't figure out what the dogs were barking at!
Kristi

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 8:27PM
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chazparas(USDA zone 9 , San Jose, CA)

You know you're in trouble when you hit your mid 40s, decide you need a new career, go to school for almost 4 years because your pre=requisite courses are to old to be considered for your degree, finally get a job 6 months after graduating as a RN. And during your lunch break you think about the Amaryllis/Hippeastrum Forum and how much you miss your hippi friends! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and the coming new year is filled with peace, love, health, and hippeastrums!
Chaz

Oh, and even though you have absolutely no more room you say yes to a beautiful bulb that is now putting up two scapes...Thanks Alana!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2009 at 10:45PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You know you're in trouble when you are fretting over how to get bulbs to a friend in Haverhill in the dead of winter...and it's only the first week of winter...but it's as cold as can be!

:-)
K

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 5:57PM
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chazparas(USDA zone 9 , San Jose, CA)

That friend in Haverhill says...wait till spring!
Big hugs my friend! Getting used to working again ain't easy! LOL

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 9:06PM
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e36yellowm3(7 Raleigh, NC)

Chaz, glad to hear your bulb is putting up scapes - and thanks for saying "yes"! You've helped me out a ton because I really don't know what I was thinking when I thought it was a good idea to order them all. And you know you're in trouble when you do that! Glad to hear about the new job. (I'm right there with you about the forum ;-)
Alana

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 10:21AM
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jodik_gw

You know you're in deep when your mind immediately pictures certain Hippis and their surroundings when you think of your friends... for example, when I think of Chaz, I think of a beautiful sunporch filled with beautiful flowering plants and vines... and when I think of Lizalily, I think of gorgeous Hippi bouquets and crates of bulbs... and when I think of Kristi, I think of a kitchen loaded with flowering Hippis... and so on!

I guess you'd call it... flower association! :-)

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 10:29AM
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newbud_grow

You know your in trouble when you spend two minutes scrolling to start reading up from the bottom comment

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 10:00PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You know you're in trouble when...in spite of some people saying it's a way to rejuvanate a bulb, you just can't bring yourself to slice away that basal plate!!!....I know Mariava...it will be fine, but yeow....I just can't do it!
Kristi

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 5:35PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You run to buy bargain Christmas lights to keep your plants warm....and pull out all the stops to keep the greenhouse warm enough for the bulbs....that's your #1 priority!
:-)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 3:36PM
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jodik_gw

When you actually get upset over losing a bulb or bulblet... even though these things do happen.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 8:38AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

When 2 BIG things happen within minutes...I really must have TROUBLE!

1) you dash out back in temps of 15F to check the temp of the greenhouse (which is a toasty 55F)...and worry because the electricity went out for at least a moment last night, but you don't know HOW long, but the digital clock was blinking when you woke up!!

2) you go to clean off your camera's SD card (it's been used since last Sept...and you've taken a cool vacation, etc) and realize that nearly 500 of the 600 photos are of your amaryllis blooms! SIGH
:-)

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 10:34AM
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jodik_gw

How true, Kristi! Most of the photos in my Family Album are flower and/or garden pictures!

When you worry about the temperature indoors... not for your comfort, but for that of your bulbs!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 12:05PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Someone asks which Hippi you don't love in your collection, and you can honestly answer that you have a bulb/bloom that you aren't crazy about.
:-(

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 6:36AM
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jodik_gw

I must not have enough, Kristi, because I still like them all... even the not so great ones! ;-)

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 10:49AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Jodi...I don't think I have too many. It's just a matter of being brutally honest. You would cull a puppy with a problem without thinking twice. Hippis are the same way. I'm not tossing my Pasadena out yet. We all know they improve with a second scape, etc. Mine is very plain compared to others posted, and if it's an inferior example of that particular hybrid, I'd rather set it aside and focus on a genetically strong, better representative of Pasadena.
K

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 4:34PM
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jodik_gw

This is true... I wish some genetic issues would improve with age, but plants are the only things that can exhibit poor blooms one season, and better blooms the next.

The problem is... we don't know the history of the bulbs before we purchase them... if we did, we'd have it made!

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 10:40AM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

A friend on a non-hippi list sends a photo of her cool CAKE and there is a hippi in the background. She replies that she knows nothing of this Apple Blossom (not an AB) and you say that it looks like Pink Diamond and suggest she looks it up on the internet.

She replies that she did a GOOGLE search for Pink Diamond and lo and behold her search reveals a photo that you took posted on this photo. She then refers to you as a wealth of knowledge and starts bombarding you with questions...and of course you encourage her to join the FORUM!!

K

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 8:21PM
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amaryllisstudygroup

WHEN :: you can't get technique explained when it is perfectly clear to you because you developed it and it is so easy. Bill

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

BUMP....

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