Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays ~ Apple Blossoms!






Apple Blossom Amaryllis ~ I thought I should show gigantic pictures because these flowers are the size of a dinner plate! They add such cheery color in the dead of winter.

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31 comments:

caite said...

what beautiful, delicate colors..

A Simple Life... said...

It's absolutely BeAuTiFuL ♥ Reminds me of my grandma ~ she grew an Amaryllis every year:)

Briony said...

wow that is a huge blossom...i love the colors.

Diana (Di) said...

Wow! now that is beautiful and considering the snow outside, I imagine it offers many smiles and warmth. Very nice, Kate.

Simply Delicious said...

It's gorgeous!

Maria @ LSS said...

Beautiful Flower! Happy WW.

Stan said...

Now that's cheery in the dead of winter.

donna said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. My Amaryllis are still unplanted. Coo Coo Kid and I will plant them this weekend. We're going to make suet cakes for the birds, too. Oh....I'll miss that kid when he discovers that I'm not the smartest grandma in the world.

Happy Day to you.

donna

joey said...

Wow ... stunning!

jupitersinclair said...

That is stunning!

Laurrie said...

What a delicate alternative to the red red red amaryllis hues I see everywhere. I'm going to look for this one next year. I'm tired of red!

Deb Mc. said...

I had a lovely amaryllis bloom this winter, and would love to treat it right so it blooms again next year. It was one of those inexpensive ones that came in a box with a cocoa-fiber 'planting mix', but still ...
Would a standard houseplant potting mix be enough to transplant it into for the future?

Ramona said...

Kate, my 'Apple Blossom' amaryllis is right behind yours. It should be in bloom maybe tomorrow. I'm excited to see it. I've never forced blooms indoors until this year.

Beth F said...

Beautiful!!

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donna said...

I see that I was already here today. You must be irresistible! Or else I just have too much time on my hands. ha-ha

Hugs to you, Utah lady.

donna

Snowcatcher said...

Astounding color in the dead of winter, and just what my eyes needed today!

Carol said...

Beautificious!! Wonderful photos too!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Happy WW to one and all!

Thank you for stopping by. I found the WW to be quite confusing this time. Where is our visit list???

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Donna;
You can visit as often as you like! Too bad we're not closer. Today would have been a good, cozy day for afternoon tea.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Deb!
Amaryllis are hard to get to re-bloom. They require a good deal of maintenance.

After they flower, they are very tired. Big blossoms and all...

Don't chop the leaves. Do chop the stalk. Water with a diluted 10-10-10. She'll veg on your deck in Kamas all summer. But, hopefully she'll grace you with a flower after you bring her back indoors.

Thanks for stopping by! Are you riding this winter? I'm missing time in the saddle...

sweetbay said...

Sigh... that is so lovely.

Rose said...

Beautiful, Kate! I'm hoping my Appleblossom blooms before winter is over--I forgot it was in the garage until last week:)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Rose!
Can we talk you into writing a post on getting Amaryllis to re-bloom? I hardly ever bother but this particular one is so pretty. I'd like to keep her around and give it a shot.

Johnny Nutcase said...

how great do these smell? I bet they smell awesome! Great shots - i love those colors!

Deb Mc. said...

Kate-
re: riding
I wish! But the 4/10 day jobs and the short days of winter gets right in the way of riding. The horses are getting cocky as a result. ;-)

I'll see about rustling up some 10-10-10, and chop the stalk. The blossoms dropped off several weeks ago, and leaves are still a robust green. The kitten hardly bothers it at all.

Ah! To put 'anything' on the deck other than a snow shovel would be divine right now.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Just returned from grooming my horses and they were pretty sassy. Sassy and fat! They just eat all winter long. Which is kind of how I get through my winters, too. ;>)

Boy Mom said...

Gorgeous!

I rescued the Poinsettia from my Hubs office. It's in a cool (temp) room with windows. I would love to get it to grow and bloom for next year but so far all the leaves have fallen off and just the red leaves remain. do I need to cut it back or warm it up or both?

Andrea said...

Wow! What a cute and adorable flower!! I loved the pictures!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi Boy Mom;
If you want to keep the poinsettia as a houseplant, then give it full sun, and repot it. Christmas Poinsettias are generally sold in pots that are way too small. The roots will appreciate more wiggle room.

Water whenever the top of soil is dry and... be patient. They typically drop their leaves and then bounce back lush and green with new, healthier leaves. I know you live in the valley, so I bet she'd do very well for you if you put her outside for the summer.

At summer's end, trim her down to 3 or 4 stems so she'll produce bigger flowers.

PS: Poinsettias are Euphorbias. Knowing that might help with the care of this beauty. And, they're native to Mexico -- which is probably why they do so well in Utah. I have a few that are several years old and I just love 'em!

Hope that helps!! :D

A Garden of Threads said...

Love the Apple Blossom Amaryllis. The colour is fantastic. Hope yours reblooms for you, as mine did not.