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December 28, 2016

Growing Holiday Plants

I trust you all had a great Christmas and are ready to bring in the New Year!

I always find it rewarding to have a few live plants around especially during the winter months.
I love the color red and use it a lot with my Christmas decorating but I chose a white poinsettia to break up the color scheme a bit.
 I've got it sitting on this old water-pump plant-stand my husband's father made for his mom many years ago.  Dan stripped it down last summer and I had him paint it a creamy white.

I planted three amaryllis bulbs the first of November.  By December 9 this is where they were at.  Of course in my ridiculous imagination I dreamt all of the flowers would grow at an even pace and I'd have a fantastic display!  Instead I will have a progressive display that will no doubt last a month.

We had to leave for a few days for Christmas and it was nearly open.

When we arrived back home I was greeted by this!  I think they are the prettiest Amaryllis I have ever grown.  These are called "Barbados"

 Next year I'm thinking of growing them in tall glass cylinders to the plant will be better supported.  I think I'll mix a little soil with stones for the roots to grow in.  I am told they don't like to stay wet for long periods so it will be a delicate balance.  

I was inspired by these amaryllis growing in glass cylinders that I saw at Terrain while we visited in Pennsylvania.

These bulbs were encapsulated with a vinyl like covering and didn't need to be watered.  I didn't get a close up picture of the bulb though.  I think this is smart- especially for people working in offices or who have poor luck growing things.  Just watch it grow!

My "Thanksgiving Cactus" which I always refer to as my Christmas Cactus is also blooming but it looks like the bloom time will be stretched out from one side then the other.  It's a good thing since it extends the time I can enjoy it.
 We had such a wonderful long autumn and were gliding along so happily but then winter weather came in with a bang!  It warmed up for a week after I took this picture and some of it melted down but now we're in the deep freeze again!  Tis' the season!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year full of great moments!
Stay warm!!


  1. Wonderful world of snow. You Amaryllis are doing so well and I really like that original plantstand of a waterpump.
    Wish you happy gardening and all the best for 2017!

  2. Thank you to share with us these beautiful flowers, red amaryllis is really amazing
    Happy end of year

  3. Your Christmas flowers are lovely, Liz. I love the white poinsettia on your unique plant stand. Your home looks like a winter wonderland. Our daughter and son-in-law returned home to snow early this morning. They are expecting another foot of snow. Have a nice evening. ♥

  4. Liz, I love your winter blooms, especially that amaryllis! I had a white one a few years ago and just loved it. I love red too, but the white, in general, evokes such a calm feeling after the busyness of the holidays.....except when you see it stacked outside like that! Oh boy....it could be a long winter. We had our first dusting last night, and I'm hoping for a mild winter, at least accumulation-wise.
    Happy New Year to you!
    Rita C at Panoply


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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