Last year I was seduced by the above amaryllis, here slightly stylized, and raptly handed over $40 to enable myself to share my Christmas with this beauty. This year, recalling wistfully the joy of the presence of such beauty, I made up my mind to take the practical road, utilizing the container I’d purchased last year. It was easy (and inexpensive) to find Red Lion amaryllis bulbs at Home Depot’s nursery, so I brought home two and after pondering how to proceed made the following choices, which I’m already enjoying.
Into last year’s container I placed a multitude of green glass stones. There are so many color choices, but I chose green to fit into the next two holiday seasons. I gently placed one of the amaryllis bulbs into the top part of the container and then very carefully poured enough water into the container to immerse the roots, but not so much that the bulb would be under water, as that (I learned the hard way) will rot the bulb. I recalled the simple green French ribbon that had adorned my package last year, and chose for now a sheer purple one, complimenting the green stones very nicely.
Within two days of assembling this the leaves began to shoot up markedly. I’m certain by Thanksgiving I will have buds and at Christmas I will have the full splendor on display. Brilliant!
Then I had to make a different choice for the second bulb, so I opted to put it in soil into a container from some long past Thanksgiving, which I placed on a complimentary silver plate onto which I’d placed green and clear ocean-washed broken glass. Lovely.
This bulb is taking to this arrangement very nicely and I might well have a flower for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking so, aren’t you?
Once I’d accomplished these two creations I turned my attention to paperwhites! Hard to imagine but I’d never really quite learned how to manage bulbs. I think I’ve always been mystified or puzzled by them, not quite sure what to do. I think this is particularly reinforced by buying them all assembled, then at season’s end putting them outside and hoping for the best. Yes, that would do it, wouldn’t it? So this year I’m taking charge, as you can see. Encouraged by what looks like a good beginning for the amaryllis, I found what I thought would be a good container for the paperwhites–essentially a large open clear glass candle holder. And then indulged in the purchase of a large number of marbles, which was quite thrilling as I adore marbles and had never ever purchased so many at once. Indeed, I think I was still holding the child’s view that marbles are something you win.
Does this not speak of promise? Now here’s what I did inside, just in case you are like I was, and need a bit of instruction.
I put a layer of marbles on the bottom of the candle holder. And then I put six bulbs around the edge, pointy end up, of course, and slightly leaning towards center. I used marbles to reinforce this positioning. Then when they were all in place I filled up the spaces in between with the balance of my marbles. When I felt they were all securely in place I added enough water to again wet the bottoms of the bulbs, but not so much to endanger their substance. Isn’t this exciting? It’s so fun to now watch them grow into lovely open white flowers which will fill the room with their sweet fragrance. I think this is particularly a good practice if you have children about, as they will witness one of life’s grandest miracles during this special time of year. I hope you will be inspired to experiment with different containers and mediums and bulbs to bring more life and cheer into your homes this winter. Enjoy, my dear readers.
Love and flower blessings,
November footnote! The planted amaryllis opened just in time for Thanksgiving!
Posted on November 8th, 2009 by Kathryn
Filed under: Plants