Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Industrial Amaryllis 2 - The Return of the Amaryllis

This was the second picture of the plant.  I'm looking at this picture and scratching my head.

Sure, the mystery in the realm of things is not all that great but why?

At any rate, there's this beautiful flower and nobody got to see it other than the hundreds of people who visit the blog on the course of a day.  I don't get the idea of sticking a garden between a pump and the house, but I'm sure one of you can figure it out.

If you do, let me know. 

It really is a case of toss the seeds on the ground and it will grow.

I can have "Involuntary Amaryllis" but I can't get the Zinnia in the front yard to grow.  The reason is that the Amaryllis is a bulb.  It is hardened to the conditions, but it also gets watered twice a week from the pump it is leaning up against.   The Zinnia in the front garden gets less water.  An occasional drip off the roof and not much else.  If you drive past the house, and they do come up, at least you'll be able to see some neon colors, but a month later, in the supposed wet season, the seeds haven't taken.

Basically it's best to grow native species no matter where you are.   The typical yard with a carpet of evenly cut grass is a great idea, if you are in England, but few places in warmer parts of the United States will grow that kind of a lawn without irrigation.  Mine draws off of ground water, not the best for our ecology, but certainly better than watering from the drinking water.  Being 2 1/2 miles from the ocean, the water in the ground water supply most likely will end up in the Atlantic.  The Drinking Water, is much more scarce.

After looking at the local parks and preserves, I'd prefer to pull up that carpet of spongy St Augustine Grass and plant some of the natives that grow as a lawn.  The little yellow flowers that are on the mimosas that grow as a ground cover are pleasant, and can make it through the year without running an ecologically questionable irrigation pump.  My hedges are a different story but I have to wonder if we shouldn't take a second look at what we consider "appropriate" for a yard. 

Even in places where you get a lot of water, does it make sense to grow grass?

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