Look, Ma! It bloomed!
The amaryllis that was in bud in mid-March
is now in full, glorious bloom, and I can’t remember ever growing one with such large blossoms. Just for fun, my husband had me pose with it, to give a sense of scale to the flowers. And just for fun, I thought I’d share it with you.
Amaryllis never seem to grow for me in the textbook fashion. This particular one was purchased from a big box store in November 2011. It grew a lot of leaves, but never bloomed. I potted it on in the spring, which encouraged it to grow more leaves. And I think it finally went dormant last November, about a year after it came home with me. I figured I wouldn’t see it again for another year.
But I was wrong. About Christmas it started showing signs of life. I would rather have it blooming at Christmas. Amaryllis often bloom for me when the crocus are blooming, which is why I go hot and cold on them. I want blooming plants indoors when I have none outdoors. But, as it turns out, the crocus aren’t blooming yet. And my amaryllis is.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013