Monday, 25 February 2008

In The Pink

This is how it started back in January. A dry amaryllis bulb, a bag of soil and a plastic pot. Just add water, a generous dose of TLC, and.....

...keep in a fairly cool place, this one lived in a north facing window.

Two stems emerged, each one with a fat flower bud. No leaves, they come later. Flowers are far more important.
Growth speed was phenomenal, some days it gained a full inch.
But it seems that even though this plant is sold under the name Amaryllis, it might really be Hippeastrum, according to Wikipedia.
Whatever it's real name, it's gorgeous.

There are FOUR giant blooms on the shorter stem, and SIX blooms on the tall one.

It may be cold and wintery outside, but indoors I am enjoying a definite sign of spring that should keep me from climbing the walls with a bad case of cabin fever reasonably sane until the snow melts.

20 comments:

Peggy said...

Pretty pretty! I always like those bulbs, but I've never bought one or had one given to me. Maybe this year . . . .

Peter said...

Incredible, the speed! ... of course very well taken care of!

Anonymous said...

What a stunning apparition! You got so much flower from just one bulb. Congratulations!

Chura
www.chura-chura.blogspot.com

Hilary said...

Oh that's so beautiful ex-S. I love how you documented its growth. With more snow on its way today, those blooms should help keep your heart warm with promises of spring.

lorenzothellama said...

I always think these flowers are a tad vulgar!!

Changes in the wind said...

Beautiful! Nice that you prepared ahead knowing these would brighten you in the dead of winter.

daffy said...

Wow! wonderful.
and how is life as a Granny! (nana? Gran? Grammy?) :o)

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a great plant this is.. love the blooms.

madretz said...

wow, that is really really pretty! i'm so glad you shared the pics with us!

photowannabe said...

Someday I'm going to grow one of those myself. Beautiful colors and such amazing growth.
Nice collage too.

dot said...

All that in such a short time? Amazing! My mother grows them in her yard but I've never been able to be there when they are blooming.

dabrah said...

What a beautiful flower(s), and what good photos you took!

di.di said...

im not really into flowers but yours are pretty....

Libbys Blog said...

When I was trolling around blog land this morning someone else has grown one of these. I haven't seen any for ages then two in one day!!! Beautiful colours by the way!

tut-tut said...

I love amaryllis; they are so bold and beautiful. There is something alien-from-another-planet about them, too.

rosemary said...

Nothing more beautiful than a flower....wait...yes there is....a babies hands and feet, right?

TorAa said...

That's amazing how fast they grew, and so gorgeuos.
Great pictures as well

Brian said...

Little granny green thumb eh, very nice indeed. I have lost count of the number of bulbs given/bought over the years, not one had produced, could it be the fresh clean air? ;-]

Kerri said...

Oh, this is a BEAUTIFUL flower!!
Wow!

Laura said...

That looks exactly like our amaryllis, which are growing around our back yard right now. Very common down here in Florida. You've got some beautiful flowers!