A Good Home, Afternoon Tea, Amaryllis in Bloom, Flowers, Re-blooming Amaryllis Bulbs


For Marilyn Mirabelli, tea sommelier and blogger extraordinaire, these Amaryllis flowers:

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My way of saying: welcome back!

Marilyn injured her foot last fall, and has steadily been working at her recovery.

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Marilyn — you may recall — is the Canadian grande dame of tea and I was delighted that she read my book. Her tea company, Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas even created an apple cake in my honour.

Then, last summer, I fretted about an upcoming interview on national radio to everyone who would listen to my wimpy whining.

Marilyn knew that the interview would likely stir up very painful memories. She kindly offered to be nearby. And she created an afternoon tea party for the CBC Radio team and me after the interview. It was the perfect thing to do.

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Marilyn: we have missed your posts about tea and tea lovers, as well as your comments on this blog.

These flowers are to say: we wish you a full return to both afternoon tea and blogging  — soon.

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p.s. The Amaryllis bulbs may re-bloom next winter, if I let the leaves grow after blooming, through the summer months. I stop watering in late August, let the leaves dry, then store the bulbs in a cool dark place for 3 months. Doesn’t always work, mind you, but these enormous flowers are great in the pot or a vase, and are an inexpensive jolt of colour in winter.

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43 thoughts on “FLOWERS FOR MARILYN M.”

  1. What a beautiful supportive gift for your friend, Marilyn. We thank her, too, for helping you to succeed with the wonderful CBC interview. Did you know that in the language of flowers, the amaryllis symbolizes determination and radiant beauty, and is also symbolic of success won after a struggle? They can also be incredibly resilient with some bulbs lasting up to 75 years. So a beautiful flower and a great flower for fighters!

    1. I did not know that about the amaryllis. Thank you, for adding a wonderful tidbit, as always! I like the amaryllis because it comes back again and again and flowers magnificently, but I did not realize that in the language of flowers it symbolizes determination and radiant beauty. How terrific to learn about its resilience. And 75 years? Wow!

  2. I’m terrible with any kind of plant or flower-they die if I only look at them! I envy anyone with the patience and talent to grow them😊 thanks for sharing these beautiful blooms and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Marilyn!

  3. Hi Cynthia,

    I’ve been enjoying your blogs and wanted to comment on this one because a friend gave me an Amaryllis for Christmas. It now has four flowers!! And it is just beautiful 🙂

    I’ve never seen one before much less had one so it’s been a treat for me. I’ve been looking up online about how to care for it, lol!!

    I also really enjoyed the blog about blogging tips and would love to sign up for the session with your daughter but I’m struggling to fit everything I already do into my days and I can’t imagine trying to juggle social media too! I’m on all the media’s, look at them every so often, and think to myself I really ought to do better … ah soon come!

    Hope you are doing well. Miserably cold here but doing the best we can with what we’ve got and smiling all the while!

    Lots of love, Jacquie

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    1. Good to hear from you, Jacquie. Four flowers! Yippee! they are such lovely things.

      They say the larger bulbs are most likely to bloom again next winter, but I find the results spotty the following year. Some rebloom, some don’t. But I keep trying and it’s always a delight when they do.

  4. Beautiful and thoughtful post, Cynthia. It’s been a few years since I’ve grown an Amaryllis, and seeing yours makes me want to request one for the next special occasion (I like what Gallivanta shared about the flower). By the way, your interview on CBC radio is what inspired me to purchase your book right away instead of leaving it on my wishlist.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  5. I stopped over + I am a tea lover but I have to admit my tea is often in a mug + not as beautiful as her afternoon tea. I could learn a thing or two from her–so I am now following to learn:-) Thank you for sharing + you are blessed with some amazing people in your life!

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