As Juliet so famously declared in Shakespeare’s well-known play:
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…”
Yes, we all (well, most of us) call our Amaryllis by the wrong name. Strictly speaking the bulbs we in cooler climates grow indoors in winter are Hippeastrums; the South American lily. And not Amaryllis, which is the African belladonna lily.
Hippeastrum hybrid “dunkelrot”
But I don’t think we should care too much about this error. As Celia Fisher writes in ‘The Golden Age of Flowers’,
‘When European hybrids were developed the original confusion about provenance intensified, while ordinary plant lovers blithely regard them all as amaryllis.’
Monday 11am, -9°C
I consider myself an ‘ordinary plant lover’. How about you?
Thank you to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this lovely meme. Why not visit her to see what others are finding for their Monday vases/flower arrangements this week.
As promised, here is a picture of the Tuesday View under the snow!
It is very frosty, so I didn’t stay out for long with my camera. But here are a couple of other images from today too.
Clematis tangutica – a tangle of stems with straggly seed heads, but the snow makes them seem quite comical!
My beautiful Miscanthus ‘Adagio’ still looks pretty with some sun catching the top…
There is no warmth in the sun outdoors today, but it does add some welcome sparkle…
Hope you have blue skies this week, wherever you are!
I suppose many of you have heard of the icy weather that has much of northern and eastern Europe in its grip. First of all a cold front from Russia stretched across to Germany, then a hurricane brought snow and icy rain (and took down our old pussy willow too), and now another cold front from Norway is rushing down our way.
This Monday, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme, I briefly considered filling a vase with snow, but that’s a bit boring and I couldn’t bring it indoors. So once again my vase this week contains materials from my garden that were collected and saved in the summer months…
Cones from our fir trees: pine, larch and spruce.
Also on my windowsill a beautiful red amaryllis is teasing me, opening so very very slowly. I am hoping it will be fully open for next Monday. I wonder if you have any flowers on your windowsills?
Have a good week, and stay warm and dry!
It’s far too cold and snowy to even attempt to find anything in my garden for a Monday vase this week, so I have resorted to some dried flower and seed heads saved from warmer days…
Included are: Sedum, Lavender, Hydrangea, Cynara, Echinacea, Crocosmia and Iris.
There is still a very pale hint of pink on the Sedum, but it didn’t dry terribly well. The dried Hydrangea, however, still looks pretty…
This other vase is a permanent fixture on this shelf, so I brought it into the light to show it off and moved the other vase to another spot. It contains grasses collected from our garden and a nearby woodland clearing, but I can only identify the fluffy Molinia (far left) for sure…
I am looking forward to visiting other vases over the next day or two which will be shared at ‘Rambling in the Garden’, where Cathy hosts this Monday meme.
Have a good week!
Happy New Year to all of you!
I am joining the now famous Monday meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden: A single Amaryllis flower (Lemon Star) in a cocktail glass seemed to capture the spirit of New Year yesterday. The accompanying mini Sekt bottle is empty…. 😉
I hope you had a lovely break over Christmas and are refreshed and ready to start the new gardening year with optimism. It is still frozen here, with a light sprinkling of snow, so my garden will be slumbering a little longer.
Have a good week and a good start to the new year 2017!
When I walked into my dining room this morning I knew something was not quite right. It was only later, while having breakfast, that I noticed that the first of my Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) to flower this winter was bent over at a dangerous angle threatening to uproot the bulb and put the second bud at risk. So I cut it immediately and put it in a tall vase. Then I realised it is not only Boxing Day, but also Monday – serendipity! I have a vase to share with you after all!
A neighbour gave me this bunch of red Amaryllis which are also lovely and cheerful on my windowsill.
Do take a look at some of the other festive vases posted for Cathy’s meme on Rambling in the Garden.
The beautiful countryside around us has been shrouded in thick fog and covered in layer upon layer of frost for most of December. When I heard the lovely carol “In the bleak mid-winter” the other day I found it quite apt to describe our surroundings here – the earth is hard as iron (although it has thawed a little in places in the last 24 hours) and the water in the bird bath is hard as stone again. But no snow still. (Sigh)
So I’m afraid I cannot post any pretty photos of frost covered pine trees, glittering in the sun with a blue sky beyond…. but I can offer a glimpse of our black and white world instead.
And I can wish you all a very Happy Christmas too!
I hope you have the opportunity to relax over the holidays, spend time with loved ones, read a good book or just chill out in front of a warm fireplace with a hot mug of tea…
Many warm wishes to you all!