Blooming Winter

Blooming amaryllis

My blooming amaryllis. What do you know, Ellen, I haven't killed it!

You know I’m into vegetable and herb gardening. Would you believe I have no houseplants? Surely seasonal herbs don’t count.

Well, my friend, Ellen, gave me her amaryllis before heading to Thailand for the year. I’ve never had an amaryllis, though I once gifted one to my mother. (Thou shalt not verbify nouns!) Check it out!

The leaves were all dying, and I was about to cut it back and put it to bed—literally under the guest bed where it’s cool and dark—when this stalk shot up. So I cut the leaves when they dropped and let the stalk fend for itself in the dimming winter light.

Way to go amaryllis! I’m watching the flowers open more every day.

I think the bold stalk and giant red flowers (the color of the drapes on the glass doors) are a perfect solo plant for this house. They actually match: simple and bright.

Thanks, Ellen!

One Response to “Blooming Winter”

  1. Bev

    They are wonderful flowers…

    January 6, 2012 @ 4:31 am

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