In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis & Daisies

img_6708My white amaryllis, backlit by the sun, adds a touch of warmth to this cold winter’s day.

img_6457And for those wondering about the bulb encased in silver wax that I posted in early December, its growth has been very slow, but steady. Here it is below, budded up, ready to bloom. The main advantage that I can see to this wax method of propagation is that it doesn’t grow as tall as potted ones do. The white one above is 24″ tall, while the red is half that size. It’s been an interesting experiment to say the least.

img_6715Next to it, I have a little vase of daisies from the florist. I find their sunny, little faces so cheerful and they are a nice compliment to the red amaryllis and its toad companion!

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71 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis & Daisies

  1. Cathy says:

    Lovely images with the sunshine in the background Eliza. That red Amaryllis is quite impressive with its short but very upright stem. It seems it won’t need any support after all.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It is an amazing concept, but it seems to work. I wonder if they added a dab of growth regulator to the wad of moss (or whatever) giving it some moisture at the root. Time will tell!

  2. Christina says:

    The white Amaryllis is lovely and I’m fascinated by the red one encased in wax, it will have two flowering stems too so it must be getting everything it needs from the bulb; when they are in pots you do have to give them some water so it is interesting that in wax it doesn’t. I suppose you could always chip the wax off and try potting it up for next year but it probably isn’t worth the faff.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Christina. I do intend to pry off the wax when it is done blooming, just to satisfy my curiosity. I’ve always had luck with them reblooming, so I’ll try to do the same with this one.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    It is amazing how the red one has done so well all on its own… I wonder how this works exactly?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I won’t know until I peel the wax off after it is done blooming to see what is inside. I’m expecting a wad of damp moss or perhaps some of that newfangled gel that provides some moisture. Bulbs store all the food they need inside them, so that is what it is ‘feeding’ off of. I’ll post what I find!

  4. Looks beautiful 🌿🌾

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    I have not seen a bulb encased in wax over here, it will be interesting to see if it arrives in the future.

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    Mr Toad must be enjoying all the flowers. Amaryllis are such impressive flowers. I have a few bulbs in pots that seem too small for them. They don’t seem to mind that! They flower in March or so. The crackle glass vase is pretty. I think I’d keep the wax on the bulb, cut the stems back when done flowering, water it occasionally, let the leaves grow, put outside in a filtered light spot & then let it try and grow, again, removing leaves as they yellow.

  7. Very beautiful window display. I just hate the idea of the wax though…it seems like starving a baby.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I know, it does feel that way, doesn’t it? But since all the food it needs is in the bulb, I guess it’ll do okay until it blossoms. Afterwards, I’ll pot it up so the leaves and bulb will get the nourishment it needs to blossom next year. 🙂

  8. Eliza, this was so cool. I am glad you posted pictures of both.

  9. Robin says:

    Beautiful arrangement, Eliza, and it’s so good to see the happy little faces of the daisies on this dreary day (it’s dreary here, at any rate). 🙂 The bulb encased in wax looks so interesting.

  10. Kathy Sturr says:

    Wonderful blooms Eliza! My Amaryllis is about to bloom. She is indoors today as it is very windy here and yes, she’s a tall one so tends to fall over in the wind. She likes Florida. I put her outside summers up north and then bring her here and here is where she chooses to bloom. Can’t wait!

  11. Cathy says:

    It’s really intersting to see how your waxy one has got on and I am pleased to see that it is flowering for you – still such an odd tin to do to a bulb though, isn’t it? Your white one with a hint of green is pretty and in its natural state is probably going to be prettier than your red one 🙂

  12. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    If the waxed bulb grows shorter that is something in its favor. I have been wondering what they did so thanks for the update.

  13. Laurie Graves says:

    What a delightful trio!

  14. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A sweet grouping for this winter day! Your beautiful blue sky brightens my day! I’m also looking forward to seeing what you find under the wax as I’ve wondered how these work.

  15. Jewels says:

    Beautiful, Eliza, that little vase of daisies is so completely delightful! I have an Amaryllis waiting to bloom here too. I’ve never grown one before, so it’s new for me, hopefully it does blooms. 🙂

  16. Beautiful combination and intriguing.

  17. All lovely shots! I particularly like the play of light in the first one.

  18. Kris P says:

    Beautiful Amaryllis! I’ve had a hard time warming up to the wax-coated bulbs. Can you remove the wax and plant them after the initial bloom, or are they a one-shot deal?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. I expect the wax can be removed and the bulb potted up, to grow and be fed until its dormant period in the early fall. Many don’t bother fussing with saving forced bulbs, but I always nurture them (with the exception of tulips, which rarely bloom again).

  19. Chloris says:

    I’ m intrigued about the wax covering. It is an advantage if it doesn’ t grow so tall, they get such giraffe necks usually.

  20. Anca Tîrcă says:

    What a lovely, fresh image! Thanks, Eliza!

  21. There is nothing like a beautiful Amaryllis in the middle of winter. 🙂

  22. First photo just outstanding and I love it. My husband has recently been having lost wax casting done on some metal parts, maybe it is a lost wax Amaryllis? WAcky Americans, we are.

  23. Oh, I’m so glad to see that the wax amaryllis came out!

  24. Maria F. says:

    Looks very nice!

  25. MK says:

    I see the blue of winter in your windows, and yet you still manage to have fresh flowers in your home. Fantastic, Eliza.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, still white out there and probably at least for another two months. Thus, the need for fresh flowers! I’m forcing some hyacinths, so there’s more lovelies on the way. 🙂

  26. Bun Karyudo says:

    It has come out very well. I wonder if you’re husband will turn out to be right or wrong. So far, it doesn’t seem in any danger of toppling over, but I guess there’s still time. 🙂

  27. Your amaryllis are stunning! Love the cheerful daisies too. Hugs to you! Good to be back. xo Gina

  28. Gracefully Global says:

    I just love these with the winter light and the beautiful winter landscape through the window.

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