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Monday, February 1, 2010

My after Christmas gift to me

My mother, who passed away two years ago this month, loved to grow amaryllis. Our son and daughter-in-law took me to Trader Joe's after Christmas and I saw they had their bulbs on sale. I just had to have me one. It has been a joy to watch it flower and there is another stalk that will probably have a couple more blooms.


Above is a picture of what our bulbs look like after being planted in the yard. After the flower has bloomed, we cut the foliage back. Then, when the temperatures are about 35 degrees, we plant them in the garden. They need to be fertilized every two weeks after flowering with a 5-10-5 fertilizer. In August stop watering and fertilizing and allow the bulb to dry out. We cover ours with mulch before the first frost and leave them that way until the next spring.
Love, Marie

6 comments:

  1. Aw, good for you!! They are beautiful flowers!!! :)

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  2. Beautiful flowers. Flowers just make a home look inviting. I love to grow flowers but sometimes they don't always turn out like I envision them.

    Have a great day!!!!

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  3. I've always loved these flowers and wondered if it were possible to plant them where I live in the high desert because our temps are too extreme here. Thanks for sharing them with me!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  4. The flowers are beautiful! I love your knitted sock as well. I would like to learn how to knit with 4 needles and make socks but I'm not sure I could master it. Someday I'll try.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Take care.

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  5. These are lovely flowers Marie! What a wonderful gift.

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