Monday, January 28, 2013

It's Beautiful

I have full blossoms now. They are beautiful. Every time I look at it or the photos of the flowers, I smile. It's so simple, a flower, and yet, it gives me such pleasure and happiness.

Saturday morning, things were a bit scary. I walked into the living room and was greeted by this.
I tried to set it upright but it kept flopping over. It needed water anyway so I took the bulb to the bathroom sink. While watering it, I noticed something. 
I think there is another flower stalk sprouting to the left.

What to do about the leaning flower? This is when being a pack rat helps. I still had the part of the dowel left from making a wall hanging earlier last year. I duct taped the dowel to the inside of the ceramic box.
With that firmly in place, I put the bulb back into the box. The end of a skein of yarn from the scarves was used to tie the stalk to the dowel. The yarn won't dig into the stalk and it's a loose tie. It's just to hold it upright.

I could see, via the reflection in the bathroom mirror, that I would probably have flowers within the next 24 hours.
I became more excited. I'm thinking the flowers are white with red but maybe there's a sheath around them to protect them so they'll be red with white?

Sunday morning, this is what I saw.
One flower had started to open. I couldn't get a good photo of it, or see it really, because the flower stalk is so tall. I moved it to the organ bench to get a better look. It's beautiful.

Over the course of the day, the flowers opened. I could almost watch them open. By evening, I had several beautiful Candy Cane Amaryllis flowers.

I cleared a spot on the organ and moved the flower there so I can see it. It's just too tall to be on the secretary and the cats don't bother it. This morning, it was like a smile greeting me.

This is so beautiful. I can't look at these photos and not smile. I'm going to have to print out my photos and frame one to remind me of beauty and happiness. I'm delighted with this gift. It's been so much fun to watch grow and to anticipate the opening of the flowers. Now I'm wondering if I can get the bulb to go dormant and if I can get it to bloom next year.

Beverage:  English Breakfast tea


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