A Good Home, Flowers

Three Bloomin’ Good Deals on Flowers

It’s been snowing all bloomin’ day.

Everything’s covered with the fluffy white stuff, and it shows no sign of letting up.

If you’re a Southern Ontario gardner, this is not your favourite season — unless you’ve got one of those indoor greenhouse thingamijiggies and have already planted flower seeds.

I don’t have one of those things, so I opt for the least expensive flowers that can be bought at a store and will last a long time.

Blog Photo - Begonia late summer 2017

My pot of Cyclamen, bought last winter, bloomed and bloomed indoors till May, then continued to bloom outdoors through the summer. The secret is to keep the soil moist, but not wet. And at $5.99 at the nearby plant nursery, it was a gift!

As you may recall, my only real expertise in growing indoor plants is in getting Amaryllis bulbs to rebloom.ย 

Blog Photo - Amaryllis and Snow wider shot

After their indoor bloom ends (soon, if not already), I water them regularly (adding fertilizer) and let the leaves grow. In spring, I bring them outside in their pots and water them till August. I then allow the leaves to dry, shake off the soil, and keep the bulb in a brown paper bag in the cellar for about four months before potting them again.ย 

A bulb that costs $7.00 may give three different stems of blooms, then will rebloom at least once a year for a long time to come.

Blog Photo - Amaryllis Blooms CU2

And then there’s This Thing Whose Name I Don’t Know.ย  Sold as cut flowers in grocery stores for about $6 or $7 a bunch, this lovely flower has staying power. I cut the stems short and keep adding fresh water everyday, and these flowers bloom for nearly two weeks — a real achievement among cut flowers.

Blog Photo - Flowers Orange

No doubt one of you readers will know what it is. The grocery store clerk didn’t.

My best wishes,




68 thoughts on “Three Bloomin’ Good Deals on Flowers”

      1. Yes bit chiller last couple of days, even bit of snow in East of the country , but daffodils all in full bloom!

  1. Snow – I hope you won’t have to shovel any! You have wonderful ways to bring beauty into your home at bargain prices and coax them along to bloom. I don’t know what the flowers are either but I bought some recently (didn’t ask the name) and they lasted for two weeks or more. Another bargain! Stay warm.

    1. My dear husband does the shovelling, Jo Nell. But he has a snow blower, which is also a boon to me and our neighbours, who mysteriously find their driveways cleared of snow some mornings.

  2. Great tips. In Virginia, our jonquils are blooming. Spotted the first dandelion yesterday. Small violets have been witnessed. Winter Jasmine has been blooming for a month. The Willow trees are a faint green–but we are supposed to get more rain and maybe some snow so winter is not through with us yet.

  3. I agree with Allen – Alstromeria. They come in all sorts of pretty colours. I can’t get cyclamen to stay alive for me let alone bloom again! I am always impressed by your Amaryllis!

    1. Allen knows horticulture, that’s for sure, Clare. I find that cyclamen need frequent watering in the pot – they dry out fast. As for Amaryllis: even with all my experience, I still sometimes take them out of the cellar too early, and end up getting only green stalks. 4 months dormancy is what works.

  4. Thanks for sharing some sunshine on an otherwise nasty winter day. The flowers you aren’t sure about look like some kind of lily. My grandmother and mother used to grow them but sadly, I can’t remember the exact name.

  5. Good info on the Amaryllis, Cynthia. Each year, Peggy’s sister sends her one for Christmas. It blooms its beautiful blooms and then goes bye-bye. This may be a solution. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“Curt

    1. It’s a shame to throw them out, as they do rebloom. The key is a lengthy dormancy period. Though I sometimes forget the bulbs in the cellar and they start budding up and blooming inside the brown paper bag!

  6. I agree with Allen and Clare on the Alstromeria.

    I love cyclamen and had good luck with them. I haven’t tried in a long time though. My main fault is over-watering plants.

    We have heavy wet snow here. We finally got winter! The surrounding hills look like a Christmas card.

    1. Interesting, Lavinia, as I’ve found that cyclamen love water. I keep them in the pot they came in, and just water them every other day. I know when it’s time because the pot feels light.

  7. It is amazing you get indoor Amaryllis to rebloom!
    Cut Peruvian lilies have long lives. I will be in Peru soon. I will see if I can photograph them growing for you.

  8. Nice, and amazing you can get Amaryllis to rebloom. I had Alstromeria (Peruvian Lilies) in my garden for a while, it makes the most wonderful cut flowers…Currently have Amaryllis in the garden as I can’t do that rebloom thing!

  9. Cynthia, I love these flowers too and often find they last for a long time … thank you to everyone for letting us know its mysterious name. Beautiful – Alstroemeri. The cyclamen looks so pretty and definitely value for money … and long-term delight for you all. ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ Oh, I love the word thingamijiggies but have never seen it written down – makes me smile that you’ve used it here! Hope your garden is soon revealed to you … do I dare mention the warm summer days here the past few days, 64 plus! A bit cooler today but at least my tan has had a head start! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Lovely to see some beautiful flower colour today – we have snowdrops and daffodils out in the garden at the moment promising that spring is near. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That Amaryllis is so pretty. I have brought potted impatiens indoors before and overwintered them. Here in the south daffodils have been in bloom for a month and now the forsythia and wild pear trees are in bloom. The pretty cultivated ones in town are showing there buds and will probably bloom next week.

    This is such an exciting time. Thank you for sharing your indoor flowers with us!

  12. I love cyclamen, but can’t keep them alive. I think my home is too warm. However, I have an African violet that just keeps blooming, twice a year at length, year after year. My only experience with Amaryllis involved planting it outside, thinking it died, and then having it bloom several years in a row until someone stole it. But I live in a warmer clime… Good for you for having color in your house now. I keep eyeing cut flowers (and the Alstromeria do last well), but haven’t bought any yet…

  13. My sister uses dried alstromeria when she makes paper. Otherwise I wouldn’t know what it is called either. Thank you for the blooms even though they are indoor. It gives me hope that Spring will indeed come again.

  14. I grinned when I read about your โ€˜thing you donโ€™t know the name ofโ€™ ๐Ÿ™‚ I have the same problem with this flower! It sure does last in the vase though …

  15. I have just copied your instructions for preserving amaryllis. I have never succeeded in making one flower again and we have a lovely specimen that I bought my husband for Valentine’s day. With your help I might succeed this year.

  16. Fine work! My cyclamen have just died and I’m not sure why, hoping they are just dormant for a while and will perk up again. They’ve been going all winter though so I can’t complain. I’m impressed by your Amaryllis prowess. The only flower thing I do alright on is getting those green weedy bits off cut carnations, putting them in water until they grow roots and ending up with more carnations! And I can do some veg because I’m a greedy git and I love eating them!



    1. Huh? I have never tried that with carnations! Great idea! Right now, the roses I got for Valentineโ€™s Day are drying up but each stem has a new green shoot and I donโ€™t know what to do. Would love them to root so I can plant them outside in spring. Any ideas?

      1. You can but usually they need to be on decent root stock so they get really disease resistant roots and graft them on but you don’t really need to … I find if you just put them in water and let them grow roots or dip their feet in routing hormone, if you can still get it, and put them in compost and water them they are fine. They will grow without the routing hormone it’s just harder to make it happen sometimes.

        Hope that helps.

  17. I hate that white fluffy stuff, none here so far, just endless rain. I am impressed about getting amaryllis to rebloom as I’ve never managed it. Alstroemeria are wonderful for a vase and such wonderful colours.

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