Second Servings

IMG_9865The second stem of my Hippeastrum ‘Apple Blossom’ bloomed beautifully with the sun glittering upon its spun sugar petals and illuminating its lovely green throat. ย Such a delight on a cold winter’s day.

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101 Responses to Second Servings

  1. Robin says:

    Oh my! That is a delight for the eyes on a cold day like today. Beautiful, Eliza. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Alice Pratt says:

    It’s difficult to capture the beauty of flowers indoors…..but….Eliza….you ‘DID IT’ ๐Ÿ˜ Gorgeous, especially with snow as back-drop.

  3. Beautiful color against the white cold ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ

  4. dorannrule says:

    Now that is truly lovely.

  5. arlingwoman says:

    Oh, something that color in the winter!! What a treat. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. I did not experience amaryllis this Christmas, much to my sadness, as we were traveling a lot. So thank you for this beauty!

  7. Rita Pichette says:

    I love that sparkly-sugar quality on petals (& the snow)!

  8. Kris P says:

    She’s a beauty! I’m still waiting for mine (outside) to make an appearance.

  9. Beautiful winter blooms and photos! Nice to get a second serving. Both of my Christmas cactuses bloomed early and now they’re blooming again.

  10. MK says:

    They look great with the backdrop of blue & white snow. Quite a contrast.
    Hope you’re staying safe & warm.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Micheal. My sunspace has been a bit colder of late, but at least there are still flowers.
      Tomorrow ‘warms’ up to the mid-20s. I am so relieved! This was a long, tough slog. It’s never been so cold for so long. We’ve burned a lotta wood!

      • MK says:

        Glad the giant storm is departing and you came out of it with blossoms!
        We’re finally finally getting the first of our winter rains. Supposed to get about 2.5″ of rain over the next two days. We spent so much money over the very long summer on water for the yard, we’ve finally committed to letting the turf die and transition to drought tolerant.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        So glad you are getting rain – hurrah. Do you have rainbarrel/storage? I was reading how some houses are plumbing for gray water cachement (everything but the toilet) to use again on landscaping. Makes thrifty sense.
        Maybe you can take a few ideas from that lovely drought tolerant bed when you first walk into Huntington. That design was simple, but so impressive!

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  12. Love the contrasting elements in the photo.

  13. Laurie Graves says:

    A delicate beauty!

  14. tonytomeo says:

    Apple Blossom was one of the first amaryllis way back when they became popular for forcing. It seems like back then, there were only a a few varieties, red, white, pink, picoteed and so on. Just the basics.

  15. Beautiful!๐Ÿ™‚ I love how you captured the flower with the snow and the way the petal is shining in the second photo.๐Ÿ™‚

  16. cindy knoke says:

    The light is so beautiful!

  17. They love your cozy window’s heat ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice contrast

  18. Flowers in winter are such a joy. You can’t help but smile when you see them.

  19. Jim R says:

    So nice to have flowers when the snow is outside. They bring much warmth.

  20. Christina says:

    Beautiful. and beautifully photographed too. That looks like a lot of snow outside the window!

  21. I managed to grow and save Apple Blossom for a few years. Such a beauty and gorgeous against the snow. Really enjoyed your look back at the year.

  22. Jewels says:

    Ahhh so glorious Eliza! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Cathy says:

    Truly delightful Eliza! Ooh, and that glorious sunshine too! I have come to love Hippeastrums and wouldn’t want to be without them in the winter. Apple Blossom has such a pretty centre.

  24. neihtn2012 says:

    These are really beautiful shots, Eliza! I got two bulbs from Home Depot. One has leaves but no flower. The other does not even have leaves. Sign…

  25. FlowerAlley says:

    My Apple Blossom does not look like yours. My petals are wider and ruffled. Look at my post on Wednesday, January 10. Could there be this much variation? Hmmmmm. Last year I had an amaryllis “‘bloom incorrectly” and was sent another by the supplier.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      There seems to be a bit of variation in the photos I’ve seen online. I expect this was a ‘cheap’ line sold to box stores, so I don’t take it all that seriously. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it still is beautiful – ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet!’

      • FlowerAlley says:

        Yes. Tags aren’t to be trusted now days. I got mine from my favorite source this year. They always have the most robust bulbs. All amaryllis are lovely. With all the hybrids now, it’s hard to keep track of names.

  26. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your amaryllis is stunning against the snowy background! Keep warm.

  27. Kathy Sturr says:

    What a warm, magical windowsill you have Eliza! I have two amaryllis I am watching for blooms (although Evergreen bloomed just this past summer). I bring them here to FL with me and put them outside. Hope my new one is as pretty as yours!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kathy. It is a cool space that I couldn’t get above 60 during the cold snap with 40s at night. No tropicals will grow there clearly. ๐Ÿ™‚ A good spot for primroses and cyclamen. It gets pleasant for sitting in the latter part of the winter when the sun is stronger.

  28. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Isn’t it just beautiful?

  29. A spectacularly beautiful variety of this plant.

  30. Rebecca says:

    Gorgeous, Eliza. What a lovely image to begin my working day with ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  31. just gorgeous! love from India!

  32. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Pretty! I bet it smells good.

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  34. Nisha Sharma says:

    Great capture!

  35. godtisx says:

    Beautiful capture. I can almost smell the flower… nice work.

  36. Maria says:

    Beautiful, I specially like the blue hues of the snow in the background. I have 2 Hyacinthus bulbs blooming in water here, a white and purple one.

  37. Jet Eliot says:

    I love the warmth and glory of this image, Eliza, and with the snowy landscape in the background it is easy to see how the amaryllis brings delight to your home.

  38. Lisa Orchard says:

    Gorgeous photos! Nature is the best artist, wouldn’t you agree?

  39. Jane Lurie says:

    So pretty, Eliza. I love the color combination in these blooms.

  40. MyLittleBird123 says:

    Looks like we lived on opposite sides of the state. But I did go to college in your part of the state. Love your pictures.

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