13 December 2007
Just over a month ago, I wrote a post about amaryllis, the same day I planted two new bulbs. I've long been besotted by these fabulous,. showy plants, and even though there are plenty of other things in bloom in the house at present, I've been wanting to see these blossom. So I left them in the kitchen where the warmth prompted them to get growing fairly quickly.
What always amazes me is how fast an amaryllis can go from bud to flower. Just a few days ago, the shoot of one bulb elongated, and the buds began to swell. This shot was taken Tuesday afternoon....
This one Wednesday morning...I'm getting excited now because I can see the colour and patterning, and I love what I see.
This one in the afternoon (notice the watercolour background of the sky as the sun went down)
And this one later in the evening.
And then this morning I was greeted by the big smiles of two open flowers, with three more to come. A bit of an early Christmas present, but a nice addition to the poinsettias, cyclamen, and Christmas cacti that are blooming their heads off in various parts of the house.
Interestingly, the other bulb has just barely started poking its flower bud shoot up from the bulb. And I haven't planted my bulbs from the summer yet, because I was late bringing them in this fall, and they need at least 6-8 weeks resting before I replant them.
And so this one will last longer, I'll move it into the living room, which is cooler, so I can enjoy its perfection for a couple of weeks.
I almost forgot (it's been one of those weeks). If you seriously want to learn all the nuances about growing amaryllis, including how to pot them properly, propagate them, and more...check out Mr. Brown Thumb's site about amaryllis bulbs. This guy is becoming one of my hort heros, not only for the information he shares about gardening, seed collecting and propagating, but for the other generous things he does, like explaining the nuances of blogs, domains, and more. So here's two thumbs and an amaryllis up for Mr. Brown Thumb's public spiritedness (and his wicked sense of humour, too!