Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Sarah's Flowers

Continuing on with fabulous Christmas presents, I need to show you the amaryllis flowers Bill's youngest, Sarah, gave me. When I opened it, the plant was just a hideous bulb with a tip of a green leaf sticking out of the top. The nicest thing I could say about it at that moment was that the vase was a lovely deep burgundy colour, one of my favourites, though I did realise it had enormous potential.



We had to go buy some potting soil to get it started and I bowed to Bill's gardening wisdom on how this worked. Once potted, it shot up with astonishing speed. Every time I looked at it I thought 'must photograph this' but of course I didn't, even though Jack's beanstalk would be envious had I captured this thing's rate of growth.



So the least I could do is show you the glorious flowers. There are at least seven going on at once and perhaps more will erupt soon. We have other amaryllis plants around the house, inherited I think from Bill's mom's house moves over the years. They bloom occasionally, but now I can see that they are old has-beens compared with this new plant which is spectacular both in the colour and number of blooms.



Well chosen gift, Sarah. Thank you so much!


5 comments:

James said...

Its snowing again here. Your photos are a welcome splash of color, thank you. Spring will come, right?

Struggler said...

Oh yes, these are stunning flowers,and as I remember, not all that difficult to grow. My Mom always used to ask for one for Christmas, but since I'm not in the UK any more, it's been a while since I bought her one.

Shelley said...

So they say, James, so they say...

I hadn't realised these were a UK specialty, Struggler. Do you not get amaryllis in the US? I'm sure I had at least heard of them there.

Flowers said...

Stunning picture of the flowers, will definitely make my day. Keep posting.

Jo said...

You used to see a lot of them around Christmas in the US. I don't remember seen them this year as much.