There's snow on the garden and change in the air. Pleased as punch I had the foresight to play hooky yesterday. Did absolutely nothing productive. Simply savoring what was likely the last warm autumn day to be had around these parts.
|Apple Blossom Amaryllis|
I hear him on the hill, behind our house, barking like crazy... Perhaps in celebration of his favorite season. (He dearly loves to slide down that hill, head first in the snow. No one believes me until they witness it, first hand, but he really does do that!)
|Try to find Amaryllis bulbs that have just barely started to grow.|
Who can resist such big festive flowers? Plus, you gotta love a bulb with such chutzpah. She'll sprout in a dark box, without soil, or water, or TLC of any kind.
|They lean to the sun. Rotate the pot each day so stalks don't bend.|
To make them behave...
~ Plant in super small pots. About an inch or two bigger than the bulb. They'll grow faster and bloom quicker.
Carefully follow these steps to make sure that $5 Walmart bulb isn't dead as a doornail.
- Wait until the shopping aisle is empty.
- Open the box!
|Patience is a virtue! It takes about 6 weeks from bulb planting to first flowers.|