The amaryllis is in full bloom, unveiling surprises each week. Four blossoms at the top of the main stalk have produced a spectacular flower, with another side flower emerging. “Apple Blossom” amaryllis features dark salmon-colored petals striped in white and a light fragrance that’s slightly spicy. It’s holding up well in the east-facing plant room, and I give the pot a quarter turn each day so that it grows straight and tall. I haven’t even had to tie up the stalks to the bamboo stake I placed in the pot. It’s really holding its own.
Not what will my next Monday project be? Stay tuned and come back next week for my new Monday gardening project!
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.