In a Vase on Monday: A Study in Green

A thin layer of snow and ice has enveloped the garden. And as I have seen from recent posts from the UK we are not the only ones!

As I write, the sun is shining but the temperature remains below freezing. This means the chances of finding anything for a Monday vase are extremely slim – a few frozen hellebore buds and violas at best. So in order to join in Cathy’s meme again this week (Rambling in the Garden) I thought I’d cheat a little and show you an indoor plant in a pot, rather than a vase.

Amaryllis/Hippeastrum ‘Evergreen’


Like ‘Chico’, which I showed you here a couple of weeks ago, ‘Evergreen’ is not what most people expect of an Amaryllis. It is elegant and statuesque, a still-life botanical painting…


And yet you could argue it is also slightly brash, with a waxy artificial look to it…


In any case, I like it for its fresh yellowish green, while the world around me is currently lacking colour.

Do go and visit Cathy and see if anyone else around the world has been able to produce flowers for a vase this Monday.

And have a good week, and stay in the warm!

58 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: A Study in Green

  1. You’ve such unusual Amaryllis, Cathy, this one is stunning as well. Do you keep the bulbs? If so do they re-flower reliably? Have a good week and stay warm too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have had luck in the past, but last year’s bulb only produced leaves this year. I probably didn’t feed it early enough. I think I will plant this year’s bulbs outside in the spring as they love a warm sunny spot and flower again late summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. you’ve been busy this year growing an assortment of Amaryllis; I have to admit I’m not so sure about this one, even though I am usually attracted to green flowers.

    • If I was growing just one I would choose a brighter colour, but in the winter light reflected by the snow outside it does look very nice, and another pink one is just opening next to it too!

  3. Lovely! I usually put my Amaryllis in front of the black woodburning stove in the sitting room (when its not lit of course) and this one would look perfect there!

    • A good idea, as the paler ones don’t really show up well on a windowsill. This one has got really tall though, so I daredn’t move it now in case it keels over….

      • Do you stagger their plantings? How many did you end up ordering and were they all different? It’s something I’ve always longed to do, but always held myself in check. I could really go crazy ordering out of catalogs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Yes, I planted them at intervals, but it made no difference really as they take as much time as they need…. some just four weeks and others months! I ordered them early in August to ensure I got the ones I wanted and they were delivered in September. I know what you mean about the catalogues. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yet another new one arrived just this morning full of summer flowers…. lovely to look at while sitting in front of the fire!

  4. Yes, it does look surreal Cathy, but I love it too! I was late planting mine so they are still to come – watch out for a Monday vase in a few weeks… Thanks for sharing yours in the meantime

    • I shall look forward to seeing yours Cathy. I haven’t dared to cut any yet, but a pink one is just opening and is wobbling precariously, so I may have to rescue it!

  5. That’s a wonderful Amaryllis, Cathy! I have one that’s somewhat similar, called ‘Emerald’ if I remember correctly. I initially grew them in a pot outside but planted them in a bed along the street the year before last as, given the right conditions, they’ll naturalize here. They did bloom, albeit not vigorously, last year so I’m hoping I’ll see them sometime again this spring. Stay warm!

    • How wonderful to see these pop up in the garden, Kris! I will probably plant these bulbs out in spring and they might flower for me again in late summer.

    • Yes, it has that simplicity and yet detail at the same time. It is bearing up well with our fire blasting out heat every evening. It’s very cold outside here!

  6. I like this Amaryllis very much. It looks in German words “apart” ~ ansprechend, zurรผckhaltend, elegant ~ fine elegance.
    I also have window-sticker-snowflakes and stars on my window. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Our snow has almost gone now and we had some sunshine today… felt like spring but I know better than to let my hopes rise! Hope the big storm missed you Eunice.

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