December 15, 2010
Amaryllis Blooming & Igloo Building
The amaryllis (is the plural amarylli?) and the igloo have been the stars around here lately. Above is 'Zombie', a striking coral-pink double amaryllis from Van Engelen.
It has been so fun to watch the show on my kitchen windowsill. First one bloom opens, then more and more.
I shot pictures with the cloudy sky as a backdrop. I thought having three blooms on one stalk open all at once was beautiful . . . .
. . . and then a few days later a second stalk opened up three more just beneath the first.
One of the three bulbs the arrived in the mail is obviously not 'Zombie', but it doesn't look like anything else on the Van Engelen website, either.
I didn't mind getting a surprise, though. The stalk on this one is very short and the flowers are so sweet, don't you think?
Finally, here is a shot of the new garden structure that my husband built, with my son posing in front. It was tall enough for me to stand up inside, and my adventurous husband was planning to sleep inside one night (that's what people do around Spokane for fun in the winter, didn't you know?). Unfortunately warmer weather and rain began to melt the igloo immediately after it was finished, and now it's just a small pile of snow in the grass. R.I.P.