Winter Rouge

Posted on Sunday, 5th February 2012 11:30 AM EST

A few weeks ago a friend at work presented my wife and me with a token of her appreciation. Inside a small box was this large amaryllis bulb along with some coconut coir. I was told to plant it immediately which of course I did not. I procrastinated and planted it almost two weeks later.

I planted the bulb and placed it on a sunny windowsill in the kitchen. Over the last few weeks the bulb sprouted and a long stem grew and I could start to see the node where the flowers would be. Then suddenly in just a day … these beautiful fluted flowers — four of them — exploded atop the stem. These flowers are expected to last many weeks. What a wonderful gift to enjoy during the dreary days of winter.

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