Amaryllis – The gift that unwraps itself

A little over a year ago, I wrote Confessions of an Amaryllis Convert about my new found love for a bulb that brightens the winter months. I guess my conversion has been genuine, for one of the items on my Christmas wish list this year was amaryllis bulbs. While I am thankful for an extremely joyous and generous holiday, there were no amaryllis under the tree on Christmas morning.

Much to my pleasant surprise, I came home last week to a package on the front porch. Inside was a gift of two of the largest amaryllis bulbs I’ve ever seen from Longfield Gardens and Garden Media Group. They came packaged in a decorative wooden box, green tips just barely peeking out from the top of the scaly bulbs.

I potted the amaryllis up in two ceramic pots, placed them within the wooded box and gave them a prominent home on our dining room sideboard.

As I’ve watched them grow, it occurs to me that amaryllis is the perfect gift plant. It comes pre-wrapped and does the unwrapping all on its own. I’m so looking forward to the true gift of flowers sometime later this winter.

Thanks to Longfield Gardens and Garden Media Group for providing these amaryllis, without agreement or requirement to promote or publicize. All opinions are my own. 

Published by Christopher Tidrick

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  1. Hmmm… I wonder what other garden delights I can turn you on to… They ARE addicting, aren't they?



  2. LOVE that quote!!!! It's so true. Amaryllis are that burst of color to get you through to spring. How many more days????



  3. Jonathan Stone 12.03.14 at 4:17 pm

    Once you have some good ones you can easily cross pollinate them and plant the seeds for a crop of hippeastrum babies, if you have the inclination and the room and the time…



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