So I couldn’t resist sharing this ‘vase’ with you, since I’ve never seen it’s like before.
A couple of weeks ago I was given a Christmas present by a work colleague. The gift was in an open-topped bag, because part of it was already sticking out, so I could see it was an amaryllis. When I got home I took it out and was startled to see that the bulb was completely covered in a skin tight deep red velour. How could I plant or water the bulb? It even had it’s own stand, which was when I started to think it was supposed to be self-contained. So I googled coated amaryllis and sure enough no-water wax-covered bulbs are a thing. To avoid problematic roots bursting out it sounds as if the basal plate is cut off before waxing. The bulb has enough energy for the flower to grow, but that is it. It is a one season flower, which I suppose is often the case (unless, like me, you are unable to throw plants away).
The bulb is expected to flower within 3-6 weeks. Indeed, the stalk is racing away and having moved the bulb to take the ironic photo with all my rooting cuttings, I was able to feel how top heavy the whole thing is getting. I had to adjust the stand to make it balance again. I am now a bit concerned that it is going to fall over in the near future. So I’ve decided to sit inside my very heavy recycled glass vase (a cyclinder would be better):
Meanwhile, the small surrounding vases are actually remnants of old Monday vases which have rooted and I am going to pot up. So we have rooting Rosemary, Little Dorrit Chrysanthemums and Begonias:
I suppose the containment idea is clever and a waxed amaryllis is not as distressing as a painted gold-tipped sempervivum or glitter-sprayed heather. What do you think?
I am joining Cathy for her In-a-vase-on-Monday meme. Click through to enjoy plenty of lovely and inspiring arrangements.