The Gift: Growth

January 25, 2015 Amaryllis 005

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The Amaryllis bulb, given to us by a neighbor at Christmas, has grown to a little more than a foot tall over the past week.

It is quite amazing how quickly these bulbs grow once they get started!  The little peackock spikemoss divisions and  strawberry begonias have grown quite a bit as well.  Moss lifted from the garden in early January continues to thrive indoors.

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January 25, 2015 Amaryllis 006

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We enjoy observing this little indoor moss garden each day.  Often times it seems as though new growth is visible from one day to the next!

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Peacock spikemoss, Selaginella uncinata, has grown enough to begin cascading over the side of the dish.  The strawberry begonia, Saxifraga stolonifera, has sent out a runner.  A tiny new plant will develop at the end of the runner one day soon.

Peacock spikemoss, Selaginella uncinata, has grown enough to begin cascading over the side of the dish. The strawberry begonia, Saxifraga stolonifera, has sent out a runner. A tiny new plant will develop at the end of the runner one day soon.

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All it requires is a little spring water every few days and whatever light reaches it from the windows.

Here is a post on constructing the garden, if you missed it; and photos taken last week, as the bulb began its growth,  here.

It isn’t too late to start an Amaryllis bulb of your own to enjoy indoors as you wait for spring.  There was a large box of them at our Lowe’s this week, and many mail order nurseries still have them available, also.

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January 25, 2015 Amaryllis 007

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An Amaryllis growing indoors brightens up the gloomiest of winter days.

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“The only way that we can live, is if we grow.

The only way that we can grow is if we change.

The only way that we can change is if we learn.

The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.

And the only way that we can become exposed

is if we throw ourselves out into the open.

Do it. Throw yourself.”

 

  C. JoyBell C.

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Woodland Gnome 2015

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “The Gift: Growth

  1. Amaryllis grows so fast. Mine I have to turn towards the light sometimes twice a day!
    I like the red accents on the mirror picking up the red on the planter – so pretty.

    • That mirror is a treasured gift a friend brought back to us from her trip to Morocco in May. We enjoy it so much 😉 I wondered how growing the Amaryllis in front of a mirror would affect its growth. It has windows to the east and west, large mirrors to the north and south of its position. So far, its growth is nice and straight without any turning 😉 I hope you’ll post photos when yours blooms 😉

      • The mirror is a treasure to be sure. It’s neat that the mirrors reflect enough light to keep the stalk straight. Clever you!
        I did post about my amaryllis a while back – click the link if you are curious:
        http://wp.me/p3O3z4-4e

        • Dear Eliza- That little mirror in the photo isn’t the one keeping the Amaryllis straight- and funny you should comment on the stalk leaning, Because, when I moved the dish back to its normal spot at sunset (had intended to give it some extra light and so had moved it nearer one of the windows to photograph it) you guessed it… the stalk had begun to lean towards that light source in the space of a few hours. Amazing things, plants… I will follow your link 😉 Thank you 😉

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