In a Vase on Monday: Herkules

Despite a dusting of snow and the cold temperatures (-10Β°C when I got up this morning!) I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme. As you can imagine, there is nothing flowering outside now, but I do have a beautiful Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) indoors. Technically, it is not ‘In a Vase’, but since Cathy herself cheated a little bit this week, I am sure she will forgive me! πŸ˜‰

This is Herkules, one of two I have planted this winter.

In these photos it is standing on the floor in front of my Christmas Tree, with the ‘skirt’ I crocheted to cover the base. πŸ˜ƒ

I love this colour – a pale coral red, festive and cheerful.

The other one I planted at the same time (‘Red Peacock’) is showing no signs of life yet. Timing them seems to be impossible!

If you are in Northern Europe I hope you are staying warm and cosy. Have a great week!



33 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Herkules

  1. Oh that’s so striking, Cathy, and with a pleasantly short stem too – thanks for sharing it with us. I have one with a bud opening, but my other 2 only have leaves, so I am no longer anticipating flowers. They were very cheap though, but I have 3 others still to plant so there could be more to come…

    • Yes, I am always grateful for short stems! I might give it another go keeping them this year, as the bulbs are rather pricey and we don’t have much choice in our garden centres.

  2. Gorgeous color, Cathy! You’re right about Hippeastrums and their odd bloom schedules. I planted all my bulbs as soon as they arrived and most of them, including all I intended as Christmas gifts, have stubbornly failed to show signs of life as yet. It’s frustrating and I can only hope that their recipients appreciate the nice terracotta pots πŸ˜‰

    • Well, rather that than if they had all started flowering early Kris! πŸ˜‰ I used to stagger planting, in the hope I would have one in flower all through the winter. But I soon realized it makes little difference and they may all flower at once even if planted six weeks apart!

  3. Perhaps cheating could be the theme of this meme. Is it really cheating though? At least you grew it, which is more than I did with the majority of flowers that I shared pictures of back when I posted a few vases here.

    • That’s a good point. I did actually plant this bulb myself. Some people cut the stems for a vase, but this had such a short stem it wasn’t necessary. They are sold in flower at this time of year, but that defeats the object of the pleasant anticipation of what the colour will really look like and watching the stem grow day by day. πŸ˜ƒ

  4. It’s perfect. I am waiting on three amaryllis bulbs to bloom. One is showing a tip. Two that I babied outdoors, under the pines, are green at the top, but no tips yet. Fingers crossed.

  5. ‘Herkules’ is a most striking colour Cathy and I hope that its companion duly obliges with flowers. We have had the coldest snap we’ve had for years and no signs of it warming up until Saturday! Those little tree motifs around the skirting are a beautiful touch.

    • Thanks Anna. I hope to be adding more embellishments to the tree skirt during the holidays! Hope it warms up for you soon Anna. It is very cold and snowy here.

  6. Cathy I love your Amaryllis Herkules with its strong coral color. Your Christmas tree looks divine. Sorry I haven’t written on your blogs all year but it has been and is a very bad year for me, I feel very bad.
    Cathy I wish you a Merry Christmas full of love, peace, happiness, health, with the family and with a good fireplace to warm up and that Santa Claus comes with the gifts!!! Congratulations and have a great time with yours. I send you hugs and lots of love.
    Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx πŸ˜˜πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽβœ¨πŸ₯‚πŸ™β€β›„β­πŸŽ‡

    • Thank you Margarita! Lovely to hear from you and I do hope 2023 will be a better year for you. Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year! πŸŒ·πŸ’•πŸŒΌπŸͺ·πŸŒΉπŸ˜

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