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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Amaryllis (pronounced /ˌæməˈrɪləs/)[1] is also known as the belladonna lily or naked lady. The genus has two species and the more famous of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest region near the Cape. It should not be confused with Hippeastrum, a flowering bulb commonly sold in the winter months for its ability to bloom indoors.
Source: Wikipedia

. Amaryllis are one of my favorite flowering plants to grow indoors. Each and every  Christmas since I can't remember when; some intuitive person gives me a kit that contains an amaryllis bulb, potting soil, and a pot. I never ask for one but somebody always comes through for me. That's what makes it so fun! This year my sister-in-law Sandy, gave me the kit. And by concidence I gave her a kit too! I guess brilliant minds do think alike. I planted mine on December 26. so it's taken a while, but it's about to burst open! For me the amaryllis marks the end of the holidays and the promise of spring. Here in the Northwest, winter can get pretty gloomy. But my amaryllis plant brightens gray winter days with her beautiful red petals.


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