Thursday, May 2, 2013



This year's performance! 
Don't let the lawn guys near your flower beds. 
Especially one that is dear to you and has sentimental value.
One year earlier this bed was lush and full of blossoms!
Most of the pictures, following,  are my Amaryllis last year.
 Last summer, Bob asked the lawn guys to spray for weeds in the wooded areas of the yard. 
We like to keep those areas visually clear.
 Apparently the lawn guy decided, on his own, to spray this flower bed.
This bed of beautiful Amaryllis began with three candy stripe bulbs and two St. Joseph lily bulbs. They were given to me by my sweet mother-in-law who is no longer with us.
 Over forty years and two homesites these bulbs have multiplied 
like the fishes and the loaves. 
 As you walk up and down our street you can see my neighbor's beautiful Amaryllis blooming. Their bulbs came from these original bulbs from Hazel Marie Knox.
 Over the years, I have enjoyed beautiful bouquets of Amaryllis and I have given bouquets to neighbors. 
I'm gonna miss these bouquets!
I have always considered it a blessing to have these beautiful flowers and considered myself as simply the caretaker for my sweet Hazel Marie. When I see these lovely blossoms, I always think of her and I wish that she were here to see them.
When the foliage began to turn brown and shrivel up we called the company owner to take a look. He apologized but asked that we wait until this spring to see if the bulbs survived the assault. Well, what do you think?
The photo above was taken one year and three days after last year's brilliant performance.
Will there be bouquets again? Don't know!
The company owner's plan is to dig everything out of the bed, replace the soil and hopefully find similar bulbs 
to replace those lost.
 Since the bulbs, parents, were so old I haven't been
able to find this particular bulb so we don't know 
what bulbs l will use in end.


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La Vie Quotidienne said...

Oh my...this is so sad. I do think that the bulbs will eventually come back, it might help to dig them up, add admendments to the soil and add additional bulbs. Good luck!

Linda Maendel said...

These photos are stunning! such rich colours! But what a sad story. I hope that at least some will grow again.

Debbie Borthwick said...

What a shame! Why are they even working in that job if they don't know the difference between flower beds and grass? I hope you are able to save some of the parent bulbs and that your garden returns to it's beautiful glory. Stunning pictures, especially for me since the only time I enjoy amaryllis is at Christmas.
Saw you sharing at StoneGable TTT
Debbie :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I would be tempted to sue the pants off of him. That's a knee jerk reaction, but what on earth was he thinking??? Obviously, he was NOT!

I'm so sorry. Those are gorgeous. Truly gorgeous. Hopefully the neighbors you gifted will share back with you.

He needs to dig every bit of dirt out of there and replace it ALL with clean soil. And then he needs to buy bulbs for you that YOU choose and plant every last one of them for FREE.



Christine Graves said...

Oh I would be so mad....and heartbroken! I am happy to hear he is going to try and fix it...I sincerely hope it works....I have my fingers crossed!!!

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

How painful. You have to wonder what he was thinking. I hope you find a way to recover because your garden was just glorious.

Helen's Decor said...

Hi Ginger, how heartbreaking it must be. At least it wasn't quite as bad as the way I read it to be. I thought the yard person/persons were some of your family members. I'm relieved it wasn't that way. Have you grown any indoors? I received a gift and it came with the container and bulbs, etc. They bloomed perfectly indoors around Christmastime. Loved them so much.


Oh honey, I'm sorry, I hope he fixes it, not just tries, shoot!!! Your garden looked glorious and even exquisite last year dear Ginger! I also love the arrangement inside your home. I'm sure they'll bloom again, it's just going to take longer! Thanks for your sweet visit Miss Ginger, you know I love it so! Big hugs,

Babs said...

Oh, Ginger, This is heart breaking! I hope you'll be able to find the same variety. Maybe an amaryllis society could help you locate some? Your photos of the ones from previous years are gorgeous.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This makes me so sad for you! Gorgeous flowers and now, gone! I have a Peony and it was cut down and sprayed last year and it didn't grow at all. I cried. Guess what??? This year it has grown again and has buds on it ready to bloom. Mother nature can be stronger then we think. Good Luck!

Barbara F. said...

Oh Ginger, why don't these people take a minute or at least 5 seconds and think before they do irreparable damage. I am sure Hazel Marie enjoyed these flowers she left for you. Hopefully they will come back. Need lots of TLC. Those bulbs are now heirloom ones. xo

Tracy Cotton Pickin Cute said...

Oh'dear, I notice the lawn company we used to use promised so much and then just sent a big ole' spray truck around with a guy that knew nothing about lawn issues. Ugghh! I'm so sorry about your beloved amaryllis. I wanted to stop by and see how Bob is doing. I'm keeping him in my prayers along with you.

Sweet dreams...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Oh how tragic, Ginger! I hope that they are able to remedy the situation somehow, although I know it just won't be quite the same for you.

Anonymous said...

That is just awful. Your gorgeous and precious heirlooms dosed with poison. I never have trusted anyone with chemicals to be near my gardens. I have no heirloom bulbs but the tender loving care we give our plants or should I say blood sweat and tears can be destroyed by a careless sprayer in a minute. I am so sorry to hear your story. I have hired help that have weeded out my plants so never again. Thank God for all the years you had them and who knows they may rally and come back. Have a great weekend! said...

I am so sorry this happened to you! That is terrible! I hope your flowers will come back... I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by and hopefully you will want to follow me back.. Nicole

Fishtail Cottage said...

those are beautiful! we can only plant them inside to enjoy! we all need to be careful when it comes to using chemicals! would love to have you share your gardening posts at Fishtail Cottage's garden party! xoox, tracie

Carol said...

Oh, how awful. I can only imagine how upset you were. Thank goodness you have some gorgeous pictures as a keepsake, just incase.

Beverly said...

This just breaks my heart. We had a similar problem with a few of our roses.

Alycia Nichols said...

Am I going to have to come there and smack somebody around?!??!!! This is AWFUL!! I'm so sorry!!! I am glad that the owner of the company is at least willing to concede that it was their fault and promise to make amends. Some companies would do everything they could to wriggle out of it. At least there is acknowledgment and a resolution in the foreseeable future. Wow...what a shame! :-(

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
Can't believe your loss and efforts from decades. Quite a fortune as well... How can those guys be THAT stupid for venturing off on their own and not being able to tell weeds apart from expensive exotics!
This makes me almost cry...
Hugs to you,

Lavender Cottage said...

A terrible thing to have happen. You may find other bulbs to replace in the garden, but the ones with sentimental value are the hardest to lose.

Crystelle Boutique said...

Oh.... I am so sad for you..... That is so sad when flowers are no longer... I mourn with you... :(

hugs xx
Crystelle Boutique

cherry said...

Sad, sad, sad I loved seeing all of your pictures last year and thought how beautiful they were. I hope that by this time next year it will be a beautiful full bed again...
hugs, Cherry

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh no, what the lawn guy does not know is that they are not replaceable...Oh dear nothing you can do really....Did you say you gave some to a neighbor, would she be willing to give some bulbs back? So sorry Ginger, just love and feed those that you do have, I am so happy that at least some survived!


Jenny said...

How very sad. I have the St John's amaryllis from my husband's grandmother. My bed hasn't grown as thick as yours did.

Even though it looks so bad it doesn't look hopeless. You do still have quite a few bulbs that sprouted. I think they will come back given time. I don't see any of the St Jon's blooms in the after photo so that may be the one you need to try to find. I'd ask the nieghbors that you gave bulbs to if they'd repay your kindness by sharing from their beds to get yours established again.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Hi Ginger- I was looking at your posts and saw this one. I agree that removing the mulch and soil is a good move, but I wouldn't give up on your bulbs just yet. I would replant them and give it a few years for them to recover. Hopefully they will.

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