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I used to blog here mostly using local photos about my neighborhood or Washington DC or other places I visited. But I took a break from the blog for a few months and then found myself posting about crafts and sewing projects I have done or are doing. These involve fabric recycling or re-use and refashioning of clothes, or other frugalities. I've left up the previous blogs and may occasionally revert to those topics again. May your days be blessed with miracles, surprises and creativity too!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stupendous Amaryllis Blooms in Bloomingdale Kitchen!

The first blossom opens
Amaryllis almost fully opened
About three weeks ago I bought a very large amaryllis bulb for $9.99 in Walmart. The bulb was huge: about 4.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches thick. I stuck it in soil per the instructions and lightly watered it for a while and watched a lot of green shoots growing up quite quickly. I hoped it would bloom at Christmas, since the package said it would be a big red flower. This week, it has budded and at least one of the flowers has opened.  There are still three buds to open yet and there's a second flower stem as well which might open into another classic 4-flower head. In fact, there may even be another flower stem sprouting. So it's in the kitchen and I said to my husband, "Have you seen the amaryllis flower I've been growing in the kitchen? It's flowering." I should mention as an aside here that Hubster often doesn't notice things that I've changed in the house -- like the curtains, or a string of Christmas lights I've hung up, or a new wreath on the front door, but that's a guy for you -- anyway, back to the amaryllis. So off he trundled into the kitchen and gasped when he saw it, calling out "It's stupendous!"  Well, I agree, it's the largest one I've ever grown. And this is just the first flower! What a wondrous thing a flower bulb is!

3 comments:

  1. I bought Michele an Amarylis about 5 -6 Christmasses ago as a prezzie and about 8 months ago last Spring she mentioned it to me and said that she still had it and that it blooms every year, so maybe yours has finally woken up and realised that it is supposed to flower. I've currently put my potted Fuschia plant in the garage to go dormant for the winter, I just hope it wakes up in the Spring! Aren't flowers amazing and sometimes all it takes is just a little water and some BabyBio feeder to bring them back again, plus the right sort of light & temperature (which is very important apparently).

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  2. well, I bought the bulb in Walmart about 5 weeks ago and just followed the directions and hey presto !chango it's this magnificent thing

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  3. flowers are so nice to have the house when they are real ones!

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