Sunday, February 1, 2009

Winter Bloom

I had to share my miracle amaryllis, illuminated by the sun. Radiant! It's a miracle to me that it bloomed this year, because I bought the bulb last season, deep discounted at 99 cents. I started it in January last year and it did nothing but grow leaves. Following the directions I kept from its box, I cut off the greenery, put the bulb out in my garden, pot and all, when the weather got warmer and forgot about it until the first frost. I added some horse manure to the pot at one point, but otherwise neglected it. Around October, I brought the pot in to my back porch and neglected it some more. I needed to repot the bulb, but kept putting it off. Finally around December, I just stuck the pot into a bowl to catch the run off water and started watering it. I was too lazy to repot the bulb. The bulb is root bound, but has managed to not only sprout leaves, but bolstered by horse manure (and a little Miracle Grow in the first two waterings) has also burst forth into these two gorgeous blooms.

I plan to neglect it again this summer.

9 comments:

Ashlyn said...

Well, if being neglectful will get me that kind of result---I'm gonna neglect ALL my plants too!!! Your amaryllis blooms are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for putting it up for everyone to enjoy!!

Hugs, Ashlyn

Margaret said...

fabulous! funnily enough it's the exact colour of the one I had here!! it flowered a few weeks ago and now I know what to do/not do with it for next year!

Bella McBride said...

So I still have hope for my neglected Amaryllis? I have leaves, but no flowers. However, the one I bought for Christmas opened up on Christmas morning! What are the odds of that?
Thanks for sharing,
Bella

Erica said...

Very pretty. Usually the plants I neglect turn out the best too.

Hens Teeth said...

An unexpected treat to get such a wonderful bloom!
Thank you for your kind comment.

Hens Teeth said...

ps
Seeing that you asked nicely ;-) I would love to see what you come up with (Suspendant)!

Donna said...

It's so Beautiful!!! Well done! My favorites are the Hyacinth...what a smell! Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Faye said...

How gorgeous! I had one several years ago that grew so tall that when it finally got a blossom, the top part just fell over with heaviness on a thin stem and broke off. It was this beautiful red color, too.

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Jeanie said...

How VERY beautiful. What a joy to live with this vibrant color!