Tag Archives: Amaryllis

Happy Easter!

By Johna Till Johnson

Amaryllis blooms

Yes, I know it’s just good Friday. But the new amaryllis (gift from a friend) decided to bloom today. And for some reason, every year Good Friday is sunny and warm, and Easter Sunday is cold and gray.

So I’ll take my cue from the amaryllis and wish everyone a happy Easter, even if it’s early.

Here’s to resurrection and life!

And—if Easter isn’t your thing, or even if it is—here’s to bunnies and robins and flowers and springtime and the promise of summer ahead.

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is In the Background: “Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background… the center of attention.”

This photo seems to fit the challenge—

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Amaryllis Redux

By Vladimir Brezina

A month ago, our Amaryllis stirred to life. Day by day, it extended further a slender green flower stalk and eventually unfolded at the end of it three huge red flowers. But their time of glory was brief. When they had shriveled, we cut off the stalk and thought that the show was over for this year.

So we were amazed to find, growing out of the bulb some days later, not just a couple of green leaves but another flower stalk, which has now brought forth another two beautiful flowers—

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… just in time for a second response to this week’s Photo Challenge, Color! (The first response was here.)

Yet Once More…

By Vladimir Brezina

We didn’t have any great expectations for our Amaryllis this year. We didn’t treat it right. We didn’t treat it the way the books said to make it flower.

Yet a week ago, once again, it began to extend its long stalk. The stalk looked slender and fragile at first, and so we doubted still that the flower would amount to much.

But now at the end of the stalk, bending under the weight, Amaryllis has unfolded, all at once, three flowers, as if to assure us of its continued favor—

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Alien Life

By Vladimir Brezina

For a whole year it had been just sitting there, not doing anything much. Then, one day, we noticed that it had suddenly sprouted a pod.

This was a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s back to its old self, just sitting there… that’s the Amaryllis flower over for another year!

More photos are here.