I trust you all had a great Christmas and are ready to bring in the New Year!
I always find it rewarding to have a few live plants around especially during the winter months.
I love the color red and use it a lot with my Christmas decorating but I chose a white poinsettia to break up the color scheme a bit.
I've got it sitting on this old water-pump plant-stand my husband's father made for his mom many years ago. Dan stripped it down last summer and I had him paint it a creamy white.
I planted three amaryllis bulbs the first of November. By December 9 this is where they were at. Of course in my ridiculous imagination I dreamt all of the flowers would grow at an even pace and I'd have a fantastic display! Instead I will have a progressive display that will no doubt last a month.
We had to leave for a few days for Christmas and it was nearly open.
When we arrived back home I was greeted by this! I think they are the prettiest Amaryllis I have ever grown. These are called "Barbados"
Next year I'm thinking of growing them in tall glass cylinders to the plant will be better supported. I think I'll mix a little soil with stones for the roots to grow in. I am told they don't like to stay wet for long periods so it will be a delicate balance.
I was inspired by these amaryllis growing in glass cylinders that I saw at Terrain while we visited in Pennsylvania.
These bulbs were encapsulated with a vinyl like covering and didn't need to be watered. I didn't get a close up picture of the bulb though. I think this is smart- especially for people working in offices or who have poor luck growing things. Just watch it grow!
My "Thanksgiving Cactus" which I always refer to as my Christmas Cactus is also blooming but it looks like the bloom time will be stretched out from one side then the other. It's a good thing since it extends the time I can enjoy it.
We had such a wonderful long autumn and were gliding along so happily but then winter weather came in with a bang! It warmed up for a week after I took this picture and some of it melted down but now we're in the deep freeze again! Tis' the season!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year full of great moments!