and "Jurassic Watermelon."
On patience and gardening: Last winter, my sweet friend Cindy sent me an amaryllis bulb. Variety: Bogota. It would have been white with red stripes. Well, this bulb sent up a tiny bud that bent over and withered before it bloomed. Whaa? From White Flower Farm??
I emailed Cindy to tell her the bulb had misfired. She got her money back from WFF. I continued to nurse the bulb. Eventually, Bogota threw out a bunch of long strappy green leaves. I kept watering it. I put it outside for the summer. I brought it inside the greenhouse this past fall. I kept it on the cool floor of the greenhouse.
Finally in October, I stopped watering Bogota, and I cut the withering leaves off in early December. I moved it up from the floor to a warmer shelf. I repotted it in a mix of potting soil and aged cow manure. Was surprised to find a still-viable root system despite the total dryout. It didn't take long for the bulb to respond. A little green nose poked out!
That nose is now almost a foot tall--I can almost see it grow before my eyes. And the other day I found another bud-nose poking out from the second leaf scar!