The Butterfly Amaryllis
Hippeastrum papilio – don’t you love the lemony lime green and ruby red combination?
This exotic beauty, commonly referred to as the “Butterfly Amaryllis” (Hippeastrum papilio), has to be one of the most stunning of all bulbs to force indoors. Not only that, but unlike other species of Hippeastrum, which need to go dormant, you can grow papilio all year round. The plants will grow larger and produce more blossoms with each passing year!
Hippeastrum papilio is a member of Amaryllidaceae and is native to the tropical forest of the Atlantic Coast of southern Brazil. It is endangered in its natural range but is increasingly propogated among gardeners.
The following is excerpted from a book that I wrote and illustrated titled Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden, which was published by David Godine.
Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, followed by a typically late and fugitive spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts give way to winter scapes of bare limbs and berries, Gold Finches and Cardinals, and plant catalogues to peruse. If you love to paint, and photograph, and write about flowers as do I, winter is a splendid time of year for both as there is hardly any time devoted to the garden during colder months.
Coaxing winter blooms is yet another way to circumvent those late winter doldrums. Most of us are familiar with the ease in which amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs will bloom indoors. Placed in a pot with enough soil to come to the halfway point of the bulb, and set on a warm radiator, in several week’s time one will be cheered by the sight of a spring-green, pointed-tipped flower stalk poking through the inner layers of the plump brown bulbs. The emerging stalks provide a welcome promise with their warm-hued blossoms, a striking contrast against the cool light of winter.
Perhaps the popularity of the amaryllis is due both to their ease in cultivation and also for their ability to dazzle with colors of sizzling orange, clear reds and apple blossom pink. My aunt has a friend whose family has successfully cultivated the same bulb for decades. For continued success with an amaryllis, place the pot in the garden as soon as the weather is steadily warm. Allow the plant to grow through the summer, watering and fertilizing regularly. In the late summer or early fall and before the first frost, separate the bulb from the soil and store the bulb, on its side, in a cool dry spot—an unheated basement for example. The bulb should feel firm and fat again, not at all mushy. After a six-week rest, the amaryllis bulb is ready to re-pot and begin its blooming cycle again. Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Coaxing Winter Blooms
Some tips for life: 1. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, unless your dreams are stupid. 2. Be kind to people. 3. Don’t get too excited when you read the Fountainhead 4. In times of recession, it is time for invention. 5. Things can kill you, so keep that in mind, you fearless know it alls. Lexington High School Commencement Speech, 2009
Eugene Mirman (1974- )
The Russian born stand-up comedian moved to the United States in 1978 and graduated from LHS and Hampshire College where he designed his own degree in comedy. He often opens for rock bands rather than appearing in comedy clubs and has worked extensively in radio and television as an actor, writer and voice actor. He published a book of satire, The Will to the Whatevs, in 2009. He is married with one child.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS SUPERIOR COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT SUFFOLK, SS. Case No. 1884CV03213C Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston VS. Maura Healey, as she is the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Free City Library Association TO: Free City Library Association You are hereby notified that a complaint has been filed against you by the above named plaintiff. This complaint concerns a certain parcel of land with building(s) known as 58 Prospect Street, located in Gloucester, Essex County, and said Commonwealth. Plaintiff seeks a judgment declaring that it owns said property through adverse possession, extinguishing any rights that you may have had to said property through the deed from
Jeremiah J. Healy to Free City Library Association dated April 24, 1900
and recorded with the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds in Book 1607, Page 259, or for such further relief as the Court deems just and appropriate. This complaint may be examined at the Superior Court for Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts or a copy obtained from plaintiff’s attorney. If you intend to make any defense, you are hereby required to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney, Kimberly Kroha, Esq., Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C. whose address is 300 Crown Colony Drive, Suite 500, Quincy, MA 02169-0904 a responsive pleading to the complaint on or before the 31st day of January, 2019, the return day, hereof, and a copy thereof must be filed in the Suffolk Superior Court on or before said day. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Unless otherwise provided by Rule 13(a), your answer must state as a counterclaim any claim which you may have against the plaintiff which arise out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the plaintiff’s claim or you will thereafter be barred from making such claim in any other action. GT – 12,28, 1/4, 1/11/19
It was very windy at Salisbury Beach recently and the water was roiling at the mouth of the Merrimack River as well as off the shore at the beach.
Our patience with the wind and blowing sand was rewarded with a majestic sunset.
Come Celebrate Another Great Year of Art Making!
Join us for this great family evening event with arts and crafts, live music, refreshments, a cash bar and all your Art Haven friends. Families can pick up their children’s buoys here as well, to keep as memories for years to come!
All proceeds benefit Art Haven.
For more information visit https://www.arthaven.org/buoy-auction.
Join us for a two-part class to learn the online version of QuickBooks!
January 28 & 30, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Gloucester High School | 32 Leslie O Johnson Road, Gloucester
Chamber Members: $135 | General Admission: $175
This class is a hands on two-part course designed for small business owners and bookkeepers. This course will focus on the online version of QuickBooks.
Desktop users are welcome as well. Some basic knowledge of QuickBooks software or other accounting software is required. While basic beginner skills will be reviewed, the class may be too fast-paced for some beginners.
Class size is limited. Payment is required to hold a reservation.
Instructor: Mary Lou Balbo is a senior accountant with the CPA firm, Horvitz & Frisch, PC, located at 128 Main Street, Gloucester. Mary Lou has 35+ years of accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation experience. Horvitz & Frisch, PC…
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