In a Vase on Monday: Carmen

I am cheating today, as I do not actually have anything new for a vase. But I do love joining in Cathy’s meme (see Rambling in the Garden) so here is a photo of ‘Carmen’, my gorgeous velvety red Hippeastrum which started flowering on January 2nd. πŸ˜ƒ

It has a second bud just appearing, so will bring me pleasure for a while yet. And I have a pink one waiting to be brought into a warmer room for spring flowering.

And to substantiate the fact that my garden is offering nothing but soggy grasses here is a photo of the landscape at the weekend.

I look forward to seeing what other contributors to In a Vase on Monday have found today, especially those in warmer parts of the world!

Have a good week everyone!

55 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Carmen

  1. What a wonderful colour, and I do like the shorter stem. I bought each of my family a large bulb, sadly this is another one I find difficult to cope with in the house, so I look forward to seeing pictures of theirs in due course. Seeing yours now is a joy, thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful Amaryllis!! I like the shorter stem as well – mine are up to almost a metre high – I lie awake at night expecting to hear a big crash as they fall over…I wonder if stem height is proportional to amount of direct sun it receives….

    • LOL! I have had various sticks and constructions attached to windows and lamps in the past to keep tall ones upright! Thank goodness this is a short one. I have been growing them for years now, and still don’t know what affects the height. πŸ€ͺ

  3. Carmen is a true beauty, Cathy, a very flamboyant creature. And it’s comforting to know that she’ll live on and won’t end up on the compost heap. Do you get them to flower again year after year? Seeing your snow, I’d say it’s time to put on the cross country skies, your property is ideal πŸ˜€

    • I don’t manage to to get them to flower again these days, but will of course give it a go again. The snow is wet and slushy. I have never tried cross country skiing, but do love tramping through frosty landscapes and look forward to a walk in the woods when it finally freezes hard!

  4. Yes, the sky in your snowy picture is lovely, but looks as if you might get more snow… How deep is your current snowfall? I always prefer amaryllis with a shorter stem too, and I wonder if keeping them cool as long as possible stops them getting lanky? Aldi didn’t have any this year (a supply issue I think), but I managed to track down some reasonably priced ones from T&M in December, although they are not particularly big bulbs. I think I still love the red ones best, and your Carmen is lovely!

    • Well, the snow is rather slushy and has melted a bit, but it was a couple of inches on Saturday. No doubt there will be more along soon. The amaryllis stem really is lovely and short. I have no idea why as I always treat them the same… planted in autumn and kept cool until I want it to start shooting. When I bring it into the warm living room it takes about 2 to 3 weeks if I’m lucky. Such unpredictable plants though!

  5. Cathy, Happy New Year 2022 !!! Cathy forgives me for not having written in so long but I am still very bad with depression.
    Carmen is divine and she has a wonderful color: I love her. It made me smile. Cathy you always have a beautiful Hippeastrum. This year I planted one for the first time almost in December and instead of a stem, two leaves of almost 50 cm in the shape of a sword have emerged: let’s see how it continues. I love the photo with the snow, it is fantastic. Cathy I hope you are in good health, take good care of yourself. Happy and good week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ™

  6. What a beautiful rich red Cathy and you have found the perfect pot to display ‘Carmen’ in. A vivid splash of colour must be most welcome when everywhere outside is so white. Just how cold is it with you at the moment?

    • It isn’t actually very cold yet Anna… just above freezing in the day, and a few degress of frost at night, so the snow is slushy in the day and then freezes over at night. I would like some hard frosts or a good deep layer of fresh powdery snow! (Famous last words?… πŸ˜‰)

  7. What a pretty snowy scene. We were up near the German border in east Belgium last week and also got snow, a nice change for us! I have an Amaryllis too but to be completely honest I can’t decide if I like them or not, they certainly are attention grabbing πŸ˜†πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

    • Our snow has almost all gone but I think more is forecast for next week. It is pretty to look at, but when it freezes hard it makes walking not so nice for both me and Anouk. We might try her with doggie boots if it gets any worse. Our wolfhound had to wear them as the snow froze into hard ice between her toes and must have been so painful. The first time she wore them was so funny! But she soon realised she could walk so much better with them. πŸ˜ƒ

  8. Ooh Carmen is gorgeous! I missed getting any Hippeastrum this winter; they are such a bright spot! Your snow is lovely, especially with those glowing winter clouds. We’ve seen a brief dusting on the highest mountains, but only had rain here on the garden.

    • I had one winter without an hippeastrums and it was miserable and I vowed to always make sure I had at least one! πŸ˜‰ The sun has been scarce so far this year, but a few times we have had lovely skies late afternoon. And we have noticed the days getting longer too. πŸ˜ƒ

  9. Oh, that is a nice one. You know, I have not grown any of these because they remind me of the Amaryllis belladonna that grow wild. I think that if I ever get around to trying Hippeastrum, I would like one that is perennial in the garden here, even if not as pretty as the sort that are popularly forced.

    • The same ones are available each autumn here, but they sell out so quickly and the less vivid red ones are the only ones left. So I always get my order in early! πŸ˜‰

      • It has been cold as all get out here, but it is January with what 6 or 8 Mondays until spring arrives πŸ™‚ The ice in the yard so treacherous I paid a man $80 to sand it from end to end here I cannot afford another fall. Hope you are faring better over there. Will you start seeds soon? I may try winter sowing. adding some soil into a milk/water jug (1 gal) size toss in some early spring green seeds water then leave the cap off and sit them in an area they will not get blown around and see if I can fill a few raised beds with the greens that survive when my soil is workable. I will also spend much of my spring taking cuttings of bushes and perennials and adding them once they show they are healthy and thriving saves cash too πŸ™‚ What’s your next project?

        • Hi Eunice, yes, counting the days tiill spring! I did get my seeds all sorted, but decided there is no point trying to start any before April as they make such slow progress and later sowings always catch up. Am trying sweetcorn for the first time this year. Hope the mice leave us some! LOL! It is chilly and grey here and we haven’t had any really cold snowy spells yet. Just damp. And slushy and muddy! I want to extend my herb bed this year and we also want to get planning permission from our council for a greenhouse… loads of red tape here. It’s nice to have some time to make plans though. πŸ˜ƒ

          • Yes time is something I have found in covid for sure to do so much and to dream. I have two small greenhouses and was give money from our government for a very large one I will wait on it a bit longer as tests for my lungs will be April 20th once I have been told yes or not on cancer I can live again.
            For now, painting and deciding what to fill my early beds with I think I will go with greens as USA food is constantly being recalled for listeria out of Mexico and California farms. So, greens, peas, onions and leeks first and I will beef up my herb spiral with many more items now that my rodent challenges have lessened. We grow Silver Queen Corn, Butter corn but here is a new one, Wild Violet Hybrid Sweet Corn.

            Will you grow 100 plants? I know they are very heavy feeders πŸ™‚ I can mail you some seeds from here I always buy too many πŸ™‚

            • Oh thanks Eunice, but I have already got my seeds… not sure you can send them abroad anyway. We don’t have much selection when it comes to seeds here… the UK is much better, but now they are no longer in the EU I can’t order them from there either! But I have found quite a few organic veg seeds and buy some from a lady nearby who grows hundreds of different tomatoes and sells the seeds and small plants. She has old tomato sorts from her Russian family and friends. πŸ˜ƒ I will grow all our own salad greens again – I didn’t need to buy any from May to September last year! That is a long wait until your lung test. I do hope it is nothing serious dear Eunice. It is good to have things to look forward to. I try and live in the present, but love dreaming too. πŸ˜‰ Take care. πŸ€—

              • OK perfect yes some things even those in the states here can’t ship to other states. I shipped a bunch of seeds to my brother in FL where you can grow all season.

                Thank you I am so in the moment one myself but dreaming a bit helps to break up the bs of this virus πŸ™‚

                Here I will not touch my mulch or do any cleanup until it has been in the 50’sF few a few weeks guess the bees and insects love that and I get to get my container gardens read for late April. We are now taking orders for the pansies the garden club sells hoping it is a banner year. Have a great week.

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