Flowers for the holidays

by Sharon Santoni

[blank]Back again after a week of rest and family time for Christmas.   A huge thank you to everyone who has been by here while I was away, and thank you especially for your kind Christmas wishes.[blank]

[blank]Don’t you love this week between Christmas and New Year?  A sort of hiatus, where the daily routine is put on hold, and it feels like we’ve stopped in time.[blank]
[blank]For us, this weekend marks a pause between guests and entertaining, and it’s always a moment when I like to freshen up the Christmas decor and start to prepare for New Year’s Eve.[blank]
[blank]I found these stunning double Amaryllis, totally dreamy and soft coloured.  They started as a large bouquet in a giant vase but with the warmth of the house several of the stems snapped, so I changed them to individual jars and scattered Christmas baubles around them.[blank]
[blank] I hope that your holidays are peaceful and enjoyable,
 no matter how many mouths there may be to feed.[blank]


The enchanted home December 30, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Wow this is one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen….so exquisite. And your photography skills……PLEASE give us some tips! I have to call my local nursery to see if they can get these….I am in love!
Happy 2013……may it be a happy and healthy one!

Jeanneke December 30, 2012 - 2:32 pm

It is by Corinne in Sewtopia's blog that I found your beautiful one! I subscribed for e-mail updates and will be back soon and often.
Warm wishes for a Happy and healthy 2013!


Lee December 30, 2012 - 2:42 pm

How lovely are those double amarilis. Beautiful.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) December 30, 2012 - 3:04 pm

They are exquisite. I hope you have a very Blessed, Prosperous and Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

Valerie December 30, 2012 - 3:32 pm

I always loved these flowers but never remembered to buy the bulb and start on time. This year when I went to the store they had them, almost ready to bloom. I just love it!!! Yours are so beautiful. Everything you do is beautiful. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family.

Nantucket Daffodil December 30, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Your flowers make me think of spring!

Roxane December 30, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Beautiful flowers & amazing photography Sharon!
I have had Amaryllis blooming in our house throughout December. For Christmas I had stunning pink Amaryllis for our dining room table centerpiece.
As one pot of flowers starts fading, another pot starts to bloom. I was just thinking this morning (as I watered the Amaryllis & Paperwhites) that I need more to get me through the next 4 months of winter, as we currently have a foot of snow from back-to-back storms! I will be seeking out the double Amaryllis at our local garden center, or online if necessary.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and your family!

La Dolfina December 30, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Love how you renewed them to usher in the new year.
Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!!!

Erna December 30, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Gorgeous Amaryllis Sharon, beautiful photos…
Erna x

Stacey Snacks December 30, 2012 - 5:03 pm

My Amaryllis do not look like these!!! I love the rounded petals……I have the plain variety, I will show them to my husband pronto!

Happy New Year Sharon.

Yvette December 30, 2012 - 5:19 pm

wery nice flowers

GLENDA CHILDERS December 30, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Such beautiful flowers … they remind me of peonies.

Happy New Year, Sharon.


МаринаОсень December 30, 2012 - 7:07 pm

beautiful flowers, Sharon! you give an absolutely amazing mood, thank you! have festive new year's eve celebrations!

Vivian December 30, 2012 - 7:10 pm

What absolutely gorgeous amaryllis! A fantastic idea to vase them individually. They make a stunning arrangement with the baubles!

Mary Palumbo Collings December 30, 2012 - 7:56 pm

I love Amaryllis, yours are beautiful… Happy New Year!

Kristie Franklin December 30, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Beautiful flowers! I also love the time between Christmas and New Year. You can have a rest and catch your breath before the next wave of entertaining begins. 🙂

Happy New Year!

Linda December 30, 2012 - 8:42 pm

OMGosh! You're post is a refreshing break on a cold, damp day here. Such beauty in these blossoms and you have done an amazing job in capturing it all. Thank you!
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Amelia December 30, 2012 - 10:20 pm

Love love love those white double amaryllis. Makes me want to stick my head at the monitor, inhale and drink in their beauty. Although, I'd been told to stop sticking my head at the monitor, until someone invented a "smell-a-vision" model. Glad to know your Christmas hiatus was wonderful!


Botanic Bleu December 30, 2012 - 11:15 pm

Beautiful amaryllis…the soft colors, variegated pattern, and round petals make these exquisite!

Looking forward to continuing to follow your blog all through 2013….
Happy New Year!


Karen Albert December 31, 2012 - 12:53 am

Gorgeous flowers Sharon, thank you for always sharing so much beauty with us throughout the year!

Wishing you all the best in the Year ahead!

Art by Karena

The Tablescaper December 31, 2012 - 5:25 am

Just beautiful.

I'd love to have you join Seasonal Sundays.

– The Tablescaper

Zabawy Sensoryczne December 31, 2012 - 9:54 am

What a beautiful flowers, I've never seen them before. They remind me, that Spring is coming:) I suppose it's high time to visit a florist…
Happy New Year!


Helen December 31, 2012 - 11:15 am

Gorgeous…….Thank you for sharing

Julie Mautner December 31, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Very beautiful!

Debbie Keady December 31, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Amaryllis are so amazing and gorgeous! I usually grow on from a bulb at Christmas but I have not done that this year. Seeing your beautiful ones makes me wish that I had! Thank you for sharing!

Curator December 31, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Your photos are always stunning!
I can't wait to see what fabulous posts the New Year will bring. I particularly love the ones about your amazing French girlfriends, and their splendid houses.
Happy New Year!

Amber December 31, 2012 - 4:32 pm

The flowers: gorgeous! How you feel about the week between Christmas and New Year: perfectly said!

Debra December 31, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Happy New Year!!!

Debra December 31, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Happy New Year!!!

Ideezine December 31, 2012 - 5:20 pm

Wonderful way to greet 2013 beautifully! Happy New Year!

Jody and Stan December 31, 2012 - 6:59 pm

Wishing you health, happiness and living your dreams in the New Year!


markdownmaven December 31, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Stunning pix. HNY to you and yours 🙂

Leslie December 31, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Very beautiful pictures of exceptional flowers! I often use your bouquet photos as my desk top pics. Thanks for this new one for a New Year and for a blog that I so love reading. One of my resolutions is keep working on my French. Pulling out the Rosetta stone. Your posts will serve as a gentle reminder- along with French Essense and others! Bonne Annee!

C Paul December 31, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Lovely! looks like an old masters painting!

Karen (Back Road Journal) January 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

The flowers are beautiful but your photos make them stunning.

Sarah January 2, 2013 - 5:58 pm

I've never seen a double amaryllis. They are stunning! Your vignettes could be a painting. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

Chabby Chic January 2, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Ich wünsche Dir, ein Gesundes 2013,
GGLG Chabby by Berlin

amit January 4, 2013 - 11:18 am

Wow such a delightful fresh flowers. Just Awesome !!! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year 2013.

Greater Noida January 7, 2013 - 12:32 pm



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