For me it is just not Christmas without an Amaryllis blooming in the house. Forget the traditional Poinsettias, they just don’t do it for me, it is Amaryllis all the way around here. The long-lasting blooms of the Amaryllis are strikingly beautiful and you can easily dress them up to coordinate with all the other elements in your decorating.
I always buy the Amaryllis bulbs potted, so they have been forced to bloom for the holidays. If you only purchase the dry bulb you need to get the bulb potted in September to see blooms in December. The pot I purchased was $7.99 at the local grocery store.
I strongly recommend transferring the bulb into a decorative container before adorning the plant with pretty accessories; it will give a more finished look to the arrangement. I picked out a white Amaryllis to go with my holiday theme; white with natural elements and a bit of blue, and transferred the bulb into a white decorative ceramic pot. Then I added cuttings of large leaf Boxwood and variegated Oregonia to the soil around the bulb and voila, it was transformed. Simple and so easy to create!
One joy of mine is during this time of the year is the great variety of flowering plants to choose from for the holidays! What is your favourite holiday plant? Do you adorn it with branches, boughs, berries or ornaments? If so, how? Please do share!