amaryllis blooming for the new year

by Sharon Santoni

You know how it is just after christmas; you still have the tree, the decorations, there are still a few way-too-tempting chocolates hanging around…..the holiday buzz has sort of gone but you still want things to feel festive.

This is the time when I love to have bulbs in flower.  My paper whites this year came up a little too fast and are now almost over, but these huge amaryllis are lighting up the sitting room.

I bought them a couple of weeks before christmas, and simply stood their pots in a tray inside a basket.  Covered them with moss and started watering, a little each day. I added a few silver baubles to the moss for a christmassy feel.

The first flower opened on Christmas day, and since they have been going strong.  All they need is water, and something to prevent them snapping under their own weight.  I started with a bamboo support but that didn’t look so great, and finally I decided that a ribbon could do the job just as well.

Hope that your year is getting off to a bright start.



Pam@over50feeling40 January 3, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Beautiful! White can be such a powerful statement and these help to support white in decorating. Thanks for sharing how gorgeous they are.

Deborah Carter January 3, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Amaryllis – such a beautiful trumpet shape and they make the house feel welcoming!
Deborah, from Melbourne.

Roxane January 3, 2014 - 1:22 pm

So beautiful ! The beauty of these flowers always amaze me. They add so much to the home during the chilly winter months. I have 5 pots of Amaryllis this year in various stages of blooming. I planted the white “Christmas Gift” in 4 of the pots. The 5th has my Amaryllis that summered out in the garden. I wasn’t sure if it was going to make an appearance this winter, but it flowered with 4 beautiful pink & white blossoms. One of the white ones has turned out to be a “mini” at 10″ high, very sweet! The paperwhites are on the cusp of blooming and have been tied up with glittery silver ribbon to keep them from falling over. When the amaryllis stalks started growing, I slipped small ornaments over them for decoration. We have a winter party for next week-end, so I’m hoping that some of the Amaryllis & Paperwhites hold off blooming so I can use them for decoration. It’s certainly a winter wonderland around here now that we’ve gotten at least 8″ of snow over the last 24 hours.

franck January 3, 2014 - 1:51 pm

lovely Sharon.
and wishing you a wonderful new year to you all.
See you soon !

Lynda Bergman January 3, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Well, you have certainly learned to use that new camera. These pictures are just beautiful and the colors so clear. I love the one with Ghetto and just wish I could hang it on my wall. Wishing you a good 2014. Lynda

Lori E January 3, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Amaryllis are always pretty but your white ones are elegant and a notch above the brightly colored ones we usually see.

Ellen January 3, 2014 - 2:37 pm

You know, I didn’t buy amaryllis this year because I was “too late for Christmas.” But now I see yours blooming in the New Year, and I’m rethinking my decision. Too late for this year, of course! Those lovelies are just the thing of beauty we need when the festivities are over and all decorations awaiting removal and storage…

Penelope January 3, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Sharon, These are beautiful! You have truly inspired me!!! My grandmother gave me several of her bulbs that are from the 1940’s. I am hoping to add a couple of days on a trip planned to France in early May. Do you have an email address I could inquire and ask about the antique markets you have mentioned? Thank you!

Lorrie January 3, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Beautiful amaryllis. I received one as a gift for Christmas and just planted it yesterday. I expect it will bloom in February. For now, I have hyacinths beginning to bloom. White and fragrant. I do love their quiet beauty.

Nancy January 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm


Colleen Taylor January 3, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Absolutely gorgeous amaryllis Sharon but that pup of yours gets me every time! Love the pure white of it all.

Peggy Braswell January 3, 2014 - 5:14 pm

My paperwhites are almost finished also but my amaryllis are going strong + great photos.

Mary in Oregon January 3, 2014 - 6:16 pm

What a splendid idea to add those silver baubles into the moss on the tray. I’ll try to remember that for next year. I agree with the other comments that the white amaryllis make quite a statement! The red/white have been my choice in the past but once again, you have offered me an alternative that I want desperately, now.

Did you have to make Ghetto pose or is he a natural mannequin?

Gail January 3, 2014 - 7:52 pm

What a wonderful way to invite the winter white landscape just beyond our windows to slip elegantly indoors.

Amy at love made my home January 3, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Your amarylis are beautiful and so nice to have some flowers after Christmas! xx

Maria Luiza January 3, 2014 - 9:28 pm

How beautiful they are, so full of light! I have one here too but the flowers are red like a summer sunset.
Your photos are excellent, as always, a great pleasure for the eyes, and you live model is the perfect image of wisdom, bless him…

Linda Quast January 4, 2014 - 3:13 am

Hi Sharon,

I have never had an amaryllis bulb, but these photos have really tempted me. Our paper-whites are nearly finished, and I have some blue hyacinths ready to force inside the house. I, too, absolutely adore the photo of Ghetto. Every time you post a photo of your dogs, it makes me smile. A wonderful New Year to you and your family.


Linda Cole January 4, 2014 - 5:57 am

The beauty of nature is our gift from this “Garden of Eden” we call home.

A flower can conjure up so many emotions and I have to admit whenever I walk past a gorgeous rose I smile from within..

Love this site and how inspiring it is

Happy New Year and long may you share your fabulous journey of “My French Country Home”

The Enchanted Home January 4, 2014 - 3:49 pm

So beautiful!! Besides having beautiful subjects to photograph, you a superb photographer Sharon! Happy and healthy 2014 to you!

Leslie in Oregon January 5, 2014 - 1:47 am

These glorious flowers and gorgoues Ghetto just leap off the page…thank you for the superb subjects and photography!

Delaine January 5, 2014 - 2:55 am

Lovely Post! These amaryllis in white certainly have my attention! I can’t wait to get some…they simply light up a room!

Angelique January 5, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Hi Sharon,

Best wishes for Peace and Joy, a New Year of Health, Happiness and Prosperity to you and your kins. Thank you soooooo much for your lovely blog and for the the time you spend writing these precious posts and posting these inspiring photos. Can’t express all the good it does to me, it’s a real blessing.
May the Lord bless you and all the readers.

Lindaraxa January 6, 2014 - 5:02 pm

The top photo of Ghetto and the white amarillys makes for a beautiful Christmas card!


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