Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Growing Holiday Plants

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!
Stay warm!!

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