Royal Red Amaryllis.

nultyDecember 17, 2013

After just 68 days my Amaryllis,'royal Red',..gave a great reward with two stems,..on one stem there were four blooms and on the other there were six.

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nulty

With all 10 blooms.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:16PM
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nulty

Blooming at present,..Chrysanthemum.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:24PM
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nulty

It blooms for me in November and December,..started off as a cutting,..now its approx 9 Ft tall.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:28PM
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nulty

so tall,..but attractive,..but spiky leaves.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:32PM
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nulty

It certainly looks like Christmas.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:36PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Nice seasonal color!

What plants are the last two, which are unfamiliar to me (and so probably not hardy here?)

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 5:46PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The last two are a Mahonia (winter bloomer, delicious scent possibly Mahonia x media 'Charity) and a Cotoneaster (possibly Cotoneaster salicifolius. Both very common over here. The Cotoneaster is listed 6a to 10b and is considered totally hardy in the UK. The Mahonia is listed zones 8 and 9, which amazes me, since it is considered tough as old boots and absolutely hardy here.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 3:53PM
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nulty

Hi floral uk,..i agree with you with the Cotoneaster,..always a display of green shiny leaf and in summer produces small white flowers,..towards the cooler days the red berries appear,..there are so many species of this that i found it difficult to pinpoint the exact species.

The Mahonia japonica,..it surely is a tough one,..nothing seems to bother it,..however it is getting taller and taller which makes seeing those yellow blooms more difficult to appreciate fully.

Philip

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 9:57PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

glengarry23 the Mahonia can take a hard pruning. I thought that the racemes were too upright for M japonica and Charity is one of the commonest in commerce. But I'm no Mahonia expert.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 8:50AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Does your Mahonia have the lovely honey-scent that some of the native western US ones have? I have memories of a blooming Mahonia in a Utah canyon one spring that have stayed with me for probably 20 years.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 1:52PM
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nulty

Hi Nhbabs,..you remember the scent correctly,..it does have that sweet scent,..it was a cutting i took some 9 years ago and didn't really appreciate it until it was in bloom and i happened to be standing close to it,..now i love it for the scent plus its in flower just now when most of my blooms have gone.

Philip

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 8:43PM
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