Indoor Garden


Hippeastrum – photo credit B. Masson

My neighbor sent me a photo of her Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids). Amazing that she gets them to look like this year after year. Her secret? Compost and spring water–wow!

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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72 Responses to Indoor Garden

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:

  2. So pretty and colorful. Those would cheer any room up no matter the weather.

  3. dearobb says:

    Beautiful! And this is going to sound really stupid, but I’ve never once considered putting my compost on the flower gardens. Never. I’ve always put them in the vegetable garden, but never the flowers. Good grief. I now have a spring mission!

  4. rabirius says:

    Very beautiful.
    Here you only get amaryllis in winter.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Rabirius. The ones for sale here in autumn will bloom in six weeks or so, in time for Christmas, but if held over the next year will bloom in March/April.

  5. Treah Pichette says:


  6. Alice says:

    What a beautiful, happy, environment!

  7. I love the colors. They’re beautiful!

  8. Nice Eliza! Beautiful image!

  9. Vicki says:

    ……and of course, this image is at the height of flowering.

    The flowers on both plants are beautiful and so kind of your neighbour to email you a photo of them.

    So compost and spring water are the tricks to growing them to such perfection.

    I always wonder if the kitchen tap water I carry to water my balcony plants is particularly good (or not).

  10. nutsfortreasure says:

    Gorgeous. I grew them 2 times not sure why I don’t every year I love them now back on my list 🙂 Thanks

  11. Kris Peterson says:

    So pretty! Those I grew in pots are done for the season but I’ve transplanted the bulbs in the hope of their naturalizing. I’d just about given up on the last batch I planted in the ground but yesterday I noticed a single bloom stalk, raising my hopes that I may have some success there after all.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. It’d be wonderful to be able to grow these outside. This display gives me the idea of how beautiful a grouping of them would be.

  12. Those are gorgeous! They must get lots of light as well, and maybe perfect temperatures? Do you know if they spend the summers outside?

  13. sandyjwhite says:

    Incredible. I’m impressed!

  14. tonytomeo says:

    That’s prolific for inside! I think they are prettier inside. It is so difficult to protect them completely from snails in the garden.

  15. Athira says:

    Its really beautiful!

  16. Thank your neighbor for the perk me up this Sunday morning. Beautiful.

  17. Your neighbor must definitely have a green thumb to produce that beautiful arrangement.

  18. Your neighbor has the touch. My brother does too, he has nearly 30 that bloom every year.

  19. I should say so! A perfect burst of beauty for March.

  20. Cathy says:

    Goodness, what a fantastic winter windowsill! 🙂

  21. Murtagh's Meadow says:


  22. Widdershins says:

    A beautiful moment in a rather gloomy day :: … and a bit of a gloom-ridden world too.

  23. Robin says:

    Wow! is right. Amazing. 🙂

  24. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Compost and spring water sounds like the trick to me, Eliza. These flowers are gorgeous!! No need to say they indeed get the right nutrients to grow as they do. How I wish we had spring water!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Amy. So do I! Although they have had issues in drought years, as springs run dry, so I suppose it is a tradeoff to have drilled well water.

  25. pbmgarden says:

    I used to put out compost every year when I first began gardening here. Glad to know this handy tip. The flowers are just lovely.

  26. Bela Johnson says:

    Beauties. I wish they had a lovely scent. But they make up for it in sheer awe-inspiring beauty!

  27. Wow, those are beautiful flowers. Our Amaryllis blooms at different times through the year but never as profusely as your neighbor’s. Ours is seriously pot bound and in need of repotting. We’ll have to try some compost.

  28. this bouquet is a splendor

  29. Beautiful. My sister in Florida has planted all the amaryllis I have sent her over the years outdoors and they do very well!

  30. Maria says:

    They’re lovely!

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