Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amaryllis in February

The sky is cloudy. Snow piles have crusted dirty-white. The trees are bare and scraggly and brown. Color is found in mere glimpses: a yellow scarf around someone's neck, the pink stripe on a boot, the flash of bright green as a child swings her backpack over her shoulder.

At Christmas, my mother-in-law gave me a flower bulb. I didn't think at the time much more than, "It's very nice. Thank you." But now? In the deepest, bleakest part of winter I realize how thoughtful her gift really was. I planted that bulb in a flower pot and set it on my kitchen sill. I waited. And watered. And waited some more.

That dirty, brown nothing of a bulb has grown 3' tall and is blooming gorgeous red . . .



just when I need it most.



Dinner last night: sauteed veggies over baked potato

Exactly two years ago:



13 comments:

LisaDay said...

You are right. That is the perfect view during winter. Happy belated SITS day.

LisaDay

Gaspegirl said...

What a beautiful post! Well written and the photo... brilliant.

Make it a great day!

Michelle Hoad said...

Gorgeous! I could use some color right now. But I mean on my lilly white legs. They are scaring me.

The Shultzs said...

Oh so pretty! =] Perfect spot for it too! =]
Enjoy! =]

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Making It Work Mom said...

What a great gift. I will keep that in mind for next year. Beautiful picture.

Kelly said...

I also got one of those as 'a gift from my 4 year old daughter' at christmas. we must have planted it a bit late as it's only just started growing, or it could be the lack of sunlight here in grey London!. can't wait 'till it looks as lovely as yours.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Such a sweet gift. I'm constantly amazed by the gorgeous stuff that comes out of just a dead looking little root.

Kriste said...

How beautiful! I love having flowers around during winter. It always brightens my day when I look outside and see nothing but grey skies and snow.

Deidre said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Look at that red.

Karen Peterson said...

That color is so stunningly beautiful.

What a thoughtful gift!

glitzen said...

Yes!! I love those things. Heavens knows we need bright and cheery colorful FLOWERS right now, huh? My hubby brought home some of my favorites today, Daffodils! I love those happy things.

Kristi said...

Beautiful! We need every bit of help we can get to make it through a long winter. I'm from Michigan and we generally don't see spring until April. Winter wasteland abounds...