In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Each Monday from Rambling In The Garden Cathy invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

Two of my sisters visited during Thanksgiving weekend to help celebrate my husband’s birthday and I was thrilled to receive a gift of my own—this amazing amaryllis Cindy grew. A dwarf hybrid, whose name is forgotten, came planted in a charming white tin bucket and already displaying 4 open blooms on one stalk. A fifth flower has since opened. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photograph before cutting the flowering stem to allow it to condition in water overnight.

I read the hippeastrum should last two weeks as a cut flower or ten days left attached to the bulb.

There is a second stalk growing from the bulb as well. Though buds are not visible yet on the second one, perhaps this amaryllis will make its way into a future Monday vase.

The tops of these flowers exhibit white petals smudged with pink, while the lower petals are pure white. Centers are a rich lime green.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Variegated, heart-shaped leaves gently frame today’s flowers.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

My neighbor Carrie passed along this philodendron cutting a few weeks ago and it quickly took root in water. (Hers is quietly traversing and conquering great swaths of territory in her house.)

I enjoy the way the philodendron roots serve here to add both weight and movement to the bottom half of the bud vase.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Before settling on this clear vase I tried several options, including a pink hand-blown perfume bottle. The amaryllis stalk was much too thick, but I kept the bottle as a companion. The lines in the bottle pick up the floating curves of the philodendron roots.

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)


Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)
Glass bud vase

In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

30 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrid)

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Judy. Thanks for the lovely comment. I don’t often use clear glass vases but was happy the roots provided something interesting to look at in this case.

  1. tonytomeo

    The philodendron is nice foliage for a flower that lack much of its own. Even if there were good leaves to cut, one would not want to deprive the bulb of limited foliage.

  2. Peter Herpst

    Gorgeous! I was especially drawn to the movement of the philodendron roots which made this vase sing. The addition of the perfume bottle whose lines echo the roots is absolutely fabulous! What an eye you have.

  3. AlisonC

    It has such beautiful colouring, I’m sure you’ll get many weeks of pleasure from that bulb and then perhaps you can persuade it to flower again next year. The perfume bottle is gorgeous and adds class.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Alison. Amaryllis can actually grow outdoors here although I haven’t been able to keep them very many years. My sisters have some outside in their garden that were planted many years ago and which bloom beautifully each spring (maybe summer?).

  4. Cathy

    The philodendron leaves and roots are perfect partners for your hippeastrum, as are your choice of vase and perfume bottle – stylish and artistic as always….thanks Susie

  5. Kris P

    Simply beautiful, Susie! I was surprised to read that Hippeastrum flowers will last longer in a vase than attached to the plant. If (when!) any of mine bloom this year, I’ll keep that in mind and may cut them (for their own good).

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Can we trust what we read on the web Kris? I will try to let you know if it doesn’t work very well but I do see these flowers used frequently as cut flowers.


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