Entering Summer - 2014 - This backyard view from upstairs in the dining room.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Be Still My Beating Heart!


The first of my 10 amarylis has decided to venture out of its sleepiness!
I will continue to breathe on the others!
:-)

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Also center-stage, is my second-time-blooming Christmas cactus.
The first time it bloomed (heavily!) was December 2008.
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15 comments:

Patsi said...

Oh Happy Times !!
New life in our world of gardening is so exciting.
Glad you're having fun.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

You're going to have a big reward with the blooms soon!

Cameron

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Glad to see your amarylis is waking up! I can't get a Christmas cactus to bloom once let alone twice!!

Grace Peterson said...

I had to laugh when I saw your up close of the amaryllis. I just spent twenty minutes trying to invent a way to keep the darn things from falling over. Finally I put the whole blooming bulb in a mason jar. Still a bit top heavy but better than lying prostrate on the dining room table.

Somehow I missed the sedum photos. Gorgeous!!! They make me so hungry for spring.

Nice Christmas cactus too.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Patsi, I've seen so many photos lately of peoples' amaryllis plants!! I just couldn't help being excited about the little nubbin' that's showing here! ;-)

Cameron, I hope you're right! This is one of the $1 bonus plants I purchased a year ago after Christmas. Last Summer the bulb spent a lot of time growing larger! :-)

Catherine, My mother-in-law used to set her Christmas cactus outdoors in the SUN! I've never been that brave. Mine gets a little bit of sun, but mostly shade all summer. :-)

Grace, I can hardly wait until I have YOUR problem! ha. Want to post a photo? ;-) I know... I've been going through so many of last year's photos(organizing) that I'm getting kind of excited about Spring myself!! Do you have varieties of Sedum?

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Shady,
Just a quick drive by here (work and having the flu have been killing me lately here!), but wanted to thank you for the reminder that we need to get our amaryllis out of the basement and upstairs and growing again! I hope yours rewards you richly soon, and be sure to post pictures when it blooms!

Shady Gardener said...

IVG, Good to see you're out and about again! :-) Love reading about Hanna! Yep, I'm going in the other room for my daily peek and breathe session. ha.

Kathleen said...

Hooray! They sure are taking their sweet time aren't they? But now you'll see results pretty quick from this one at least! You and Christmas cactus speak the same language. Its foreign to me and I just can't seem to learn it. I'll have to visit your blog to see them in bloom.

Gail said...

Hi Shady, I cheated and got mine all grreened up! I can't wait to see how beautiful they will be and how they will shine on Green Thumb Sundays! Thank you for your wonderfully kind words on my anniversary...they mean the world to me!

gail

GardenAuthor said...

Ooh! Buds and blooms! Can spring be far behind? Nice second bloom sequence and that is a strapping, young Amaryllis... looking forward to the blooms. /Deb

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Hope is what gardening is all about, and a little sprouting nub makes a whole lot of hope. It's kind of cute.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Congratulations on your amaryllis leaf. I'm hoping mine might bloom in the next week or two. The photo is awesome, btw. The bulb looks so woody and HARRR! and the leaf so fragile and soft and lovely.

Shady Gardener said...

Kathleen, If you remember to send me Queen of the Prairie plant, I'll send you rooted Christmas Cactus pieces from my plants! :-) (It might be worth a try!)

Gail, You are a sweetie. I'm glad you were able to try a houseplant, after all!! And, how has your cat done?

Hi Deb!! I know! I'm looking forward to the blooms, too!! I should have the problem Grace Peterson had (see above!) ha.

MMD, It IS kinda cute, isn't it? ;-) If you've read other comments I've written, I just keep heading for the basement storage room where the others are... looking them over and breathing on them every day. I figure they might like that!! (A little extra carbon dioxide. Perhaps I should be visiting with them a little more?) ha. How are you coming with the Spring Fling plans? Will you be coming out to Iowa to get me? ha!

Monica, In real life, that little sprout is very tiny! It's just that I got Very Close with my camera! :-) It is a pretty good contrast. Thanks for pointing it out!

Anna said...

Your amaryllis looks much like mine but it's never ceases to amaze me how quickly they take off :)

Shady Gardener said...

Anna, I feel better, then. :-) At least I'm not the only one still waiting!