Amaryllis from bud to bloom

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At the beginning of January we brought our three Amaryllis plants up from the basement where they’d had a two and a half month dormant period.

Other than the few pale leaves that they had growing at the time I didn’t expect more than leaf growth until the end of February or the beginning of March. After that I expected March blooms.

Two plants seem to be sticking to the plan, but one decided to send up a flower shoot only a week after I’d brought it upstairs into my sunny kitchen.

By January 23rd their was a flower bud on the Amaryllis’ stock and it was just beginning to open:

opening amaryllis bud

The next day the flower bud split in two and looked like a lobster claw for a few hours. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of it when it was like that. I was instead surprised to see how fast it went from partially open bud to this:

amaryllis buds opening  3

Three days after the bud had first started to open I discovered that the first flower was beginning to bloom (Jan. 26th):

amaryllis flower half bloom 2

Only hours after the first flower started to open the second one opened as well:

amaryllis about to bloom 2

By January 27th, only four days after the bud began to open, all four flowers were fully open and HUGE!

amaryllis bloom 6

Each flower was probably almost the size of a small bread plate! I didn’t get a photo of all four flowers in bloom this year though … Chris ended up being admitted to the hospital on the 31st and all photo taking stopped for a while. By the time things were ok health wise the flowers were pretty much done blooming. Oh well.

By the way this Amaryllis is the one I inherited from my parents. It’s a vibrant red/orange. My other two have white petals tinged with coral, peach and pink – like this.

Do you have any flowers blooming in your home right now? I just wrote a post on my main blog Tricia’s Musings about how we’ve pretty much been treated to flowers indoors and outdoors all year round over the past year.






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Tropical bloom

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I grow several tropical vines, mostly passion flower, that I have to bring indoors each fall as they can’t withstand our harsh winter temperatures here in Toronto.

One of the vines that I bring indoors I still haven’t identified. I think it might be some kind of trumpet flower, but still … I’m just not sure.

Do you recognize this flower? I grows on a vine with medium green oval / oblong leaves.What is it?

Tropical flower  - vine

When I brought this vine indoors in October I brought it upstairs to sit in a south facing window. Much to my surprise sometime near the end of November it produced two blooms. My vines almost never bloom indoors when I bring them in for the winter because the light is too low – even in a south facing window.

I’m happy to report that the three passion flower, the unknown vine, and my big jasmine are all doing well, yet I’m sure they are impatiently waiting for better weather so that they can get back outside!

Do you bring plants indoors during the winter? How do they fare indoors. Do they bloom, do they struggle to survive because of dry conditions in the house and low light levels?

Update – One of my Amaryllis is about to bloom. It developed a flower stalk about a week after I’d brought it up from the basement at the end of December and it will soon have some huge blooms! The other two haven’t developed flower spikes yet but I expect that they will soon. Oh and my two Orchids have flower stalks – one is flowering and the other is developing buds … plus I bought one more orchid and it’s blooming as well. So between the soon to flower Amaryllis, blooming orchids and my still blooming hibiscus I have lots of indoor flowers to tide me over until spring.

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The flowers of summer will soon be gone

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sunflowers

Well I guess it’s about time to chop down the sunflowers in the front boulevard. They’re beginning to die off since it’s getting cold here and if we don’t cut them down we’ll have no where to put the snow when we have big storms this winter. Yes … we have a very small yard, so every inch counts when it comes to shoveling snow. LOL

Bee Balm

My beebalm didn’t do very well this year at all.

I used to have a clump in my front garden but it didn’t come up this year at all, and the clump of beebalm in the backyard was scraggly with only a few stems coming up. Hopefully it does better next year (or I’ll have to buy some more in early summer) as I really like it in the garden. I like the smell of beebalm when you brush by it’s leaves, I also like seeing the bees, moths and butterflies enjoying the flowers too.

Some of our roses are still blooming even thought it’s getting quite cool here. We’ve had frost a few nights and it’s been down to zero at least once. I guess it’s just about time to say good bye to the garden for this year.

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