Agapanthus africanus sp. early June, 2010
Last year the islands in a parking lot at a big box store in Tallahassee FL some 60 miles south of here were filled with Agapanthus, huge, stunning Agapanthus with heads almost the size of soccer balls. My agapanthus were not nearly so showy but lovely just the same. We went to Tallahassee on Tuesday. The agapanthus are spotty, a few here, a few there. Mine have not one bud.
What's wrong with Agapanthus africanus? Was it the extended cold in January? Meems has Agapanthus blooming farther south in Florida and other bloggers are showing Agapanthus in bloom.
I thought mine may have been dry for too long last month. They irrigate regularly at the Big Box still with disappointing results. I read dozens of posts from gardeners whose Agapanthus bloomed not at all. I am thinking maybe a little fertlizer might be helpful after I next water.
The name Agapanthus comes from the Greek agap, meaning love, and anthos, meaning flower, translating broadly as the flower of love.
I'm trying to benignly neglect them and try not to love them to death in hopes they will finally bloom. My Kniphofias bloomed after everybody else's, too.
2009 'Storm Cloud' Agapanthus
I kept looking. I found 2010's pics. Agapanthus bloomed in July. There's hope.
July 2010 blooms. I can hardly wait for July!
Meanwhile, Kniphofias are blooming all of a sudden.
Cycas revoluta finally has new fronds.
The first Milk and Wine crinum bloom appeared suddenly.
I'm eager for crinums, too. They tend to appear after a huuricane.
We have a whole summer for blooms.
I need to learn patience.