Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Flower Exchange

Phaleanopsis Orchid
(Love these polka dots :)

When people draw my name at Christmas, they're generally pretty happy. You'll find no expensive electronics on my gotta have it wish list. If it's blooming, and you give me one... rest assured I'll be ecstatic!

Lava Rock Schefflera

Nifty things in my stocking this year. Like this Uko Bonsai ~ happily growing, with roots exposed, inside a lava rock!

Luscious Alstroemeria

A cut flower who cannot be grown as a plant in my home. Do you know the story of the Alstros? A Dutch flower company hybridized these lovelies many years ago. They own the patents. The flowers are sterile. Seems the prettiest colors are only sold as cut flowers though some colors are available for private growing in the nurseries.

I've heard they're loosening up these restrictions and I sincerely hope so. Alstroemerias are so gorgeous ~ easy-growing indoor bloomers!

New pink AND white Azaleas! 

Karen's 5-Blossom Over-Achieving Amaryllis

These pretty new bloomers are all lounging in the sunny window, becoming great friends with Karen's Amaryllis. I call it Karen's because I grew this for her ~ started it as a bulb back in October.

But, we could not get our schedules figured out to meet up for a pre-Christmas lunch. So, now I'm not sure what to do. Because she'll be done blooming in just a few days.

I suppose I could give her a dead Amaryllis. After all, it's the thought that counts... right? :D


Gail said...

What wonderful gifts.


Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thanks, Gail
And, what a beautiful horsie you have! :))

Unknown said...

Surprisingly, I don't usually get gardening related gifts from others, but that's okay with me. Hubby has bought me amaryllis bulbs in the past but didn't do so this year, maybe because there are four in the kitchen now. ;-)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

We can never have too many Amaryllis bulbs...

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate - I love all your indoor flowers. I am still impressed by the dwarf pomegrante. I may just have to find myself one of those! Gloria

KC said...

Ohhhh, I'm so sad I missed out on that beauty. It is a sure thing that the thought counts in my book. Thank you so much for thinking of me. At your house it just may bloom again next doesn't have a chance at mine;-)

Iron Needles said...

Happy New Year to you, too! Love the snow flakes. No amaryllis here. I never did find any on sale!

Rose said...

Looks like you hit the jackpot this Christmas! Interesting info about the alstroemerias--I always think they're so pretty in flower arrangements.
I vote to give Karen the amaryllis anyway--it is definitely the thought that counts!

Anonymous said...

I bet Karen would be happy with this photo. In the past few years I've been able to buy and grow Alstros like never before. They are fabulous plants.

jan said...

I was thinking of your amaryllis the other day! Harry and David had half price amaryllis and one set of three white hyacinths with little white pots to grow them in on Saturday. I got a peppermint stripe amaryllis and one set of hyacinths! Can't wait to see them bloom!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Woo hoo Jan! Can't wait to see the pics. Peppermint stripes sound fabulous. Happy indoor gardening!!!