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Time for Something Cheerful


As you may know by now, I love sharing cheerful posts, especially in challenging times. So here’s one, with pictures provided by the wonderful Hamlin Grange.


First, you may recall that I save our Amaryllis bulbs each year, hoping to get them blooming again at Christmas. Amaryllis are a Christmas tradition in this part of the world.

Blog Photo - Amaryllis Blooms CU1

The trick is to cut the flower stem off after blooming, and allow the plant to keep growing in its container. Take it outside in the spring, and only stop watering in late summer. Then I shake the soil off the roots, and store the bulbs in a big paper bag in the cold cellar.  

But – once again — I forgot all about them. Till late June. And discovered they were growing — in a peculiar colour.

Husband and I planted the alien creatures right away in a big ugly container …

Blog Photo - White Amaryllis 2 - July 2017

Blog Photo - White Amaryllis 4 - July 2017

… and hoped that beautiful changes would take place. 

Blog Photo - Amaryllis Blooms 4 - July 2017

Blog Photo - Amaryllis Blooms 3 - July 2016

And here is the outcome: Christmas in July.

Blog Photo - Amaryllis Blooms 3 - July 2017

Blog Photo - Amaryllis Blooms 2 - July 2016

Whoever said “better late than never” was not thinking of this, I’m sure. But after the 3 weeks just past, these flowers are such a cheerful sight, we wanted to share them with you.

Take care of yourselves, all of you. Thanks also for your kind wishes. I’m not back to form yet, but speaking more clearly today, moving around a little and taking no risks. The new cast is providing more support, the sun is shining, and my family and friends have been wonderfully kind. I’m thankful for every blessing.


Photos by Hamlin Grange.

ps: Some photos are mistakenly labelled 2016. Pls. ignore.

31 thoughts on “Time for Something Cheerful”

  1. I am grateful to know you Cynthia. You inspire me. I too prefer to be cheerful and your flowers and post certainly speak to that intention. And I’m learning to be gentle and compassionate with myself when I’m not cheerful or living up to my expectations too. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you’re on the mend and being supported by friends and family. Hugs and prayers for your timely recovery.

  2. So nice to find your cheerful post! Sometimes you need a little Christmas in July – just when you needed it most. A beautiful sign, my friend! Cheers for continued recovery and a sunny summer.

  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better, Cynthia and that you have some extra things cheering you up. Someone gave me an amaryllis years ago and I planted it outside in the spring when it got warm enough. The next year, it came up and bloomed in June! It did that for several years. I wonder if you couldn’t get away with that? You’re so much farther north, but a sheltered southern exposure near the house….Of course, you want them to cheer you at Christmas, but…

  4. What a wonderful surprise to brighten your day. Down here in the warm South, we leave the amaryllis outside all year and they become Easter flowers. Glad to hear of your improvement.

  5. Love the descriptions and graphic evolution; from alien creatures to beautiful creations of nature.

  6. Cynthia, I am so glad to hear you doing a bit better, and thank you for sharing this little garden miracle. How beautiful they are!! (And how bizarrely alien they looked – perhaps another lesson in not judging a book by its cover). Continue to heal … Jeanne

  7. I am so pleased you are improving slowly, Cynthia. Slow is good – it gives you time to adjust and consider. I must say your amaryllis gave me a giggle when I saw Hamlin’s photo; but didn’t they do you proud! Just like ugly ducklings becoming elegant swans!
    Keep your chin up, girl!

  8. I tend to turn to nature in times of trouble. It never ceases to amaze me how blessed I feel afterwards. Great pictures!

  9. Beauty at any time of the year is a treat. As to the tradition in these cold, northern lands of forcing flowers to bloom in the middle of winter (paper-white daffodils and forsithia branches are also used), I’ve tried this a time or two with various success (which has more to do with my attention to the plant, as you know). – Oscar

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