Amaryllis Rises Again
About two years ago, a friend of mine brought
me an amaryllis plant for our new house warming. If you
are unfamiliar with the mighty amaryllis, know that it is
a bulb with a single flower and leaves on either side about
the size of a tulip but with a huge bloom.
I didn’t know much about this flower,
and so after the flower faded and there were only leaves
and a stalk left, I didn’t know what to do with it.
Here’s where Terry, my aide, comes in.
First, you should know that Terry has a
green thumb and I have a brown thumb. Even with her green
thumb, Terry consulted her flower books and found that the
amaryllis has to lie dormant a few months every year, as
many bulb plants do, in order to bloom again. She therefore
cut the stalk of the amaryllis at the base and put the sad
looking plant in our laundry room to “vegetate”
for most of the winter.
When Terry put the plant back out in the
sunlight and began to water it, I didn’t have much
hope. Much to my amazement, it came back even better than
before. There were weekends when it seemed to grow 3 or
4 inches over the weekend. And the flowering bloom was just
As I write this, it is just about to bloom
for the third time since I received this gift. You could
say it is a gift that keeps on giving. I have to say thank
you to Ahne and Sunny for this flower in my life. I also
have to thank Terry for all her many talents and efforts
on my behalf.
You see, the amaryllis isn’t the only
plant that Terry has nurtured in my home. She brought a
cutting of an aloe plant that has become gargantuan. She
brought a palm tree that grew from a branch to a lovely
seven foot tall tree. And the other plants, rubber tree
and cacti have all beautified my home.
I bought some dieffenbachia plants several
years ago and I’m happy to announce that she has kept
them alive and well. I also hadn’t learned the mystery
of getting my Christmas cactus to flower until Terry came
along. It seems you have to place it in a cooler area so
it knows the seasons are changing.
So, from the amaryllis to the palm tree
to everything else in between, I say this house has a definite
green thumb touch. It isn’t my green thumb, but I
get to appreciate it.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"