Blooming Resolutions

The holidays are over and the New Year’s resolutions I didn’t make are holding their own! I’m really, really good at not making New Year’s resolutions. I’m really good at making Sunday night resolutions though, so I think that should count, right? A few Sundays ago I resolved to work on my winter bulb projects and this happened….

amaryllis and paperwhites projectI LOVE indoor winter gardening. By mid-January, I’m tired of the sub-zero, polar vortex air and am ready to smell some dirt! If you’ve never smelled a bulb, I highly recommend you try it before you plant it. It’s the perfect combination of the scent of dirt and potential.

I had a great time planting paperwhites and amaryllis in pots while sipping on my favorite red wine and listening to the Coffee House on Sirius (I had no idea Nine Inch Nails ‘Hurt’ could be converted into an acoustic blend of weirdness).

winter planting projects

I planted some bulbs in soil and some atop stones. A tip about planting on stones…don’t let the bulb sit in the water. The roots will find the water, but if you water it up to the bulb, the bulb could rot.

Here’s what is blooming so far.

Hello sweetheart! Amaryllis Sweet Nymph starting to open.

I have 3 Nymph bulbs that I am waiting on right now. This little beauty will open up into layers of soft pink petals. I talked about Nymph in a previous blog and I’m finally able to grow it! The Nymph series , a series of 3 colors in pink, white and red, is shorter in stature and has larger, double blooms atop strong stout stems. I think Nymph resembles more of a poinsettia….only with more sparkle and beauty and if your cat eats it he won’t die (an added bonus).

Amaryllis Evergreen - such a unique shape!
Amaryllis Evergreen – such a unique shape!

Amaryllis Evergreen is also a new variety I’m growing this year. You can’t tell from the picture (or maybe you can) but the petals are actually shimmery! ONE Evergreen bulb gave me three stems with SEVEN flowers per stem. I couldn’t believe how many flowers I got and I was even more impressed with the fresh, lime green color.

The paperwhites are emerging slowly and seem to do better in the bathroom so I’m rotating them from my living room to the half bath (as if I didn’t have enough to do…yes, I love my flowers).

Do you grow amaryllis or paperwhites in the winter and have you had any success?

What I Loved About Winter

Based on the last couple of posts, I maybe have been too hard on winter. Maybe. Or maybe I’m just saying that because it was finally warm today and I’m feeling less bitter about winter lasting until the final week of April. Either way, I wanted to share a visual of what I loved most about winter.

Amaryllis LagoonMeet Amaryllis Lagoon. I planted about 15 amaryllis bulbs in vases and containers this winter and this bloom surprised and impressed me. With a bloom size of a little over 8″ across and 2 strong, tall stems that bursted with FIVE blooms, I was speechless (I know, shocking). The dark coral bloom looked like it was almost painted by fairies with little paintbrushes of sparkles. It was so beautiful, it looked fake. The bulb size was 34cm….so if you are looking for any kind of success in an amaryllis, size matters! I planted 32/34cm and  28/30cm sized bulbs. Both sized bulbs were big, both sized bulbs produced an impressive display, but the larger bulb by far made me big bulb loyal for life.

Close up amaryllis LagoonI had a nice array of beautiful colors because there are so many different ones to choose from. If you’re in the market for some fabulous amaryllis to enjoy some indoor gardening, I got mine here.

Indoor winter gardening with giant, tropical and colorful blooms is a great way to pass the winter months.