An Amaryllis is Born

As “Cabin Fever” has started to affect quite a few of us in the northeast, my friend Carol has found a way to entertain us via her Facebook page. A while back, she took a photo of an amaryllis that was starting to grow in her dining room.

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You may be thinking “no big deal”, but when I saw it, I had a flashback to the time when I also planted an amaryllis bulb. It came with instructions! I have always loved them and wanted to grow one but never realized how involved it was. The bulb faced a certain way, had to be so far down into a specific kind of potting soil, certain percentages of fertilizing mixture, water etc. I put it all together, left it and waited.

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Apparently, amaryllis have their very own brain because they only bloom right around Christmas time. So, besides the over abundance of poinsettias, that is why I love the amaryllis. A big beautiful red flower presented on a long, tall stem.

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So every couple of days Carol would post a photo of her very own amaryllis trying to make it’s way out of it’s bud. I was living vicariously through her over a simple flower. I remembered how much attention I gave to my bulb. How excited I was when it actually started to grow…. to see the beginning of the buds was my reward for all the hard work.

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At this point, Carol’s flower had pretty much created it’s own fan club. Like myself, we awaited the daily photo to finally see this new arrival.

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The day had come!

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This is an amaryllis?? How can that be? Mine was red! This one is GORGEOUS!! It’s white with pink stripes! I was so excited for her! I was almost embarrassed at how seriously I was taking this whole process. The best part was the surprise color. I never knew that there was such a thing as white amaryllis. Now I want a house full of them!

543848_10200487557378070_1807907780_nAnd there are more buds to look forward to!

430157_10200494243745225_707767344_nCabin Fever has turned into Spring Fever. Thank you, Carol!

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