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Growing in water: Meet Leafy, my two-year-old pet amaryllis bulb

Second-year bloom on "Leafy," my indoor amaryllis bulb that has been kept alive on plain water since December 2014. The photo was taken on April 23, 2016. See current photo at bottom of post. Growing flower bulbs in water has become a hobby since we first began to experiment in December 2014 with bulbs of grape hyacinth (muscari) and three varieties of amaryllis. (Last year, we tried fragrant hyacinth.)

After they all flowered, there was the question of what to do with them. The small grape hyacinth bulbs were thrown into the backyard, and they bloomed the following spring wherever they landed -- without planting, pampering or care of any stort. As for the amaryllis bulbs, I had read that if you keep them in a cool, dry, dark place that there's a chance they can be forced into indoor bloom again.

Of my three amaryllis candidates, one wasn't in good shape (the much-photographed, red and white amaryllis 'Splash'). The largest and sturdiest, which previous posts and photos reveal was a 'Magnum' bulb, seemed a good candidate for saving over winter.

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Scotch Plains holiday event: Decorate a wreath or kissing ball 


Scotch Plains Garden Club to host wreath workshop


Scotch Plains Garden Club will host a wreath and kissing ball decorating workshop Dec. 1 at Scotch Hills Country Club, at the intersection of Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Ave. in Scotch Plains.


Bring your own bare wreath or kissing ball (fresh or artificial) to decorate for a $26 materials and instruction fee.


Decorating materials will be provided, and refreshments will be served. Participants may bring special ornaments or other decorations that they would like to incorporate into their wreath. To ensure your spot, please call (908) 616-2315 or email today.


The workshop runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and participants will be guided in their decorating by Scotch Plains florist Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom Flower Shop. 


Participants also will learn about Scotch Plains Garden Club membership and upcoming activities.




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