Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
I previewed this hippeastrum (amaryllis) a few days ago before any flowers had fully opened. We received the pre-planted bulb a couple weeks before Christmas, a thoughtful surprise from our niece and her family. I love the color and detect a slight fragrance (almost pepperminty), which I’ve never experienced with these flowers before.
It has been fun watching the plant in action. To use as a cut flower it is recommended to cut the stem when the bud is at marshmallow stage, before the flower has opened, but generally it should be okay to harvest at a later stage. Three of my six buds are now in full bloom with the center-facing one actually starting to fade slightly. I made the cut about an inch above the bulb and placed the stem in water for conditioning for several hours before using. Now the bulb can concentrate on nurturing the two remaining stalks.
Stately and serene, the lidded ceramic jar is one of my favorite vases for holding white flowers. It was a gift from my daughter so I send her a little smile whenever I use it.
Dark blue matte ceramic jar (by NC potter Julie A. Hunkins, c. 2000)
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what surprises she and others found to place in a vase this week.
Looks bright, fresh and spring-like. A cheerful start to my Monday.
I’m so glad Linda. Thanks.
I was thinking it was a nice winter white.
I really like white flowers.
Thanks for posting. Just beautiful and I had never though about using these for cut flowers but they are beautiful arranged like this. You look at the flower instead ov being amazed by that tall stem. Also the thought it gives the bulb free to give energy to the remaining flowers is something I have never thought about.
Love using something one of my children have given me. Lots of good memories.
One year there were lots of amaryllis at an NC Museum of Art floral demo. I just loved how they looked. As to the info about the bulb able to concentrate on the remaining stalks–well I read it on the internet!
Such a beauty and the vase complements it perfectly, Susie. I don’t know why I don’t grow Amaryllis, maybe because they’re sometimes tricky to bring into flower again. What are your experiences? Or do you buy new bulbs each year?
Thanks Annette. Where I live one can plant the Amaryllis in the ground after it blooms and it’ll rebloom. My sisters have some that come up every year and bloom beautifully. Mine are hit or miss, but I’ll try it anyway.
Oh, that’s special! Quite often they have the same fate as the poinsettia
My poinsettia just met that fate this morning! It had been beautiful but I think I forgot to water it.
This is a very zen image, quiet and contemplative. I love the way the leaf drapes down and makes such a harmonious shape with the jar.
Thanks Sel. The arum leaves were a last minute addition that improved the design.
Oopsies! I don’t know if I came out of this before I had clicked ‘send’, so will try and recreate my comment which you may then get twice!
A pepperminty fragrance – how curious! These multi-petalled hippeastrum are especially attractive, as is the fact that this is a pure white. The arum leaf provides the perfect contrast, as does the dark blue vase – is it unglazed stoneware? Thanks for sharing Susie
Your message came through only once Cathy. Thanks for pulling double duty. The fragrance is surprising. I’m not good at describing scents but pepperminty came to mind. The blue vase is finished with a matte glaze.
I must have just clicked the wrong thing, but at least I knew roughly what I had said. Fragrances are very hard to be specific about so there must have been a hint of peppermint for you to specify this
Love that deep blue vase with the creamy white blooms–really great combination.
Thanks Tina. That blue vase is one of my favorites.
A thoroughly modern arrangement doing that beautiful vase justice.
Thank you Noelle! I love your description.
For whatever reason, I’ve never grown a pure white Amaryllis here, which is clearly a serious omission. All those I have in pots have barely gotten started this year but maybe the temperatures in the 80s we’re expecting this week will get them moving.
The amaryllis was a gift so I didn’t choose the color, but I definitely would recommend it. You must grow a lot of them? I’d love to have a big supply to use in arrangements but am never organized to get them ordered.
I don’t think I’ve seen a pure white double amaryllis before. It’s beautiful.
Thanks. There are so many nice colors of amaryllis these days, but I am loving this white one.
Beautiful, and has made me think of spring. 😃
Ah, spring! Keep that thought Cathy!
A beautiful flower, and the pepperminty fragrance sounds divine. 🙂
Thanks Joanne. The scent is lovely.
Amaryllis is typically seen with the bulb attached to it. I suspect that they last longer if not cut.
Maybe so. I prefer the amaryllis as a cut flower and figured it was worth it to use it this way regardless, but I did read it should generally last about the same time.
That is your experience too? I only cut one once, and felt rather guilty about doing so. It had fallen over, and the stem was broken. It seemed to last as long as it would have if attached to the bulb, but I always believed that it would have lasted even longer if I had not cut it. I really do not know. I did prefer it in a vase than attached to a bulb in a pot.
Wonderful contrast between the beautiful white blossoms and the dark blue vase. It’s also pretty special since it was a gift.
Thanks Judy. It’s been a bright spot in our home.
This is a beauty and so much lovelier in a vase than on a long giraffe neck stalk. And a pepperminty scent? That is a surprise.
Thanks. It’s holding up well so I’m glad I cut it for the vase. I agree the long stalks aren’t that interesting. I don’t grow amaryllis often–do they normally have much fragrance of any kind?
I have never noticed any with a fragrance.
Hmm. I checked again. Definitely there.
Mmmm, very tasty and the Arum is a perfect touch. Have you heard of filling the stem with water and plugging it with a cotton ball to make a cut Amaryllis last longer?
Yes I’ve seen that technique at a demo. Does it work? Two of the three blooms fell yesterday and other looks ready this morning. 4-5 days. Not sure how long they last on the stem as I rarely grow them. Now I’ll see if remaining three buds get a chance to open.
No idea – I saw Martha Stewart do it…sending you a email.
A wonderful bloom and the pepperminty scent sounds divine.