Saturday, May 11, 2013

CHRISTMAS IN MAY? HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ME!



Amaryllis from the garden!  What a wonderful surprise!

(If you force these beauties at Christmastime, after the flowers die, cut back the stalk and keep the greenery growing until it begins to die a natural death.  Then leave the bulb in the pot in DRY soil so it can have a little period of dormancy.  Then in the spring, set it in the garden, burying the bulb about halfway.  Water and FEED it.  It won't bloom for about a year - these are native to South America so it will take them maybe two years to acclimate to the N.A. life cycle.  Then just stand back and watch them thrive!  I'm in Zone 7, so from here and south, they are really happy!)





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