12. June 2011 · 9 comments · Categories: General · Tags:

      I am happy to say I took first place in the Retirement Chronicles Photo Contest with my Amaryllis photo. The subject was the letter A.  This is a fun, friendly,quality photo competition which is run every month by Joan on her fun to read blog that hosts a photo contest every month.

 Bragging rights are the prize so I am bragging.  :D


This is an amaryllis blooming.  It caught the afternoon light just perfect.  This is one of my favorite photos that I have taken.  


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Visit Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This Photo Contest to see the other entries.

  When we look at flowers, we see their colors and shape and enjoy their beauty. amaryllis

We are also taken with their fragrance.  They are pretty to look at and nice to have around.  But if we look closer, they are more than just a pretty face. 


We would like to think that they are here purely for our enjoyment but the truth is they are brightly colored and fragrant to attract bees and birds to pollinate them, not just to make us happy.  That is a  just a amaryllisfringe benefit. 

 Simplisticly, the reproductive cycle takes place here in the stamen and the pistil.  In these photos you are able to clearly see the stamen (male part) which consist of the filaments, or the thread-like  stems that hold the anthers where the pollen is. dahlia with bee

Birds, bees and wind carry the pollen to the pistil (female part) which is the longer stem, made up of the style, a tube that holds the  sticky end which is called  the stamen.  It catches the pollen which is then carried down the style to the ovary and ovules that will produce the seed. amaryllis

Not all plants reproduce this way, but a good majority of them do. This happens right before our very eyes and most people don’t even know it’s happening.


 Those busy bees aren’t just making honey, they are also helping the plant to make seeds.  It is just nature’s way of reproducing those pretty flowers we so enjoy.



~By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
~Rabindranath Tagore




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   web-p-017This was so worth the wait!web-p-085


 web-hg-082 Seven Flowers !




~Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


 Visit Tootsie Time to see what everyone else has blooming this January day.

 Each Friday is a Blooming FridayVisit Roses N Stuff for blooming Friday.

amaryllis in pot

While searching to find the right thing for VTT, my Amaryllis caught my eye.  The pot that it is in is very old.  My mother in law gave it to me at least 25 years ago and it was vintage then.  She called it a bean pot, I think I would call it a crock.  It has withstood the test of time.  I used to have two of them but somewhere along the line one of them disappeared.  (Be sure you don’t miss out on the beauty of that Amaryllis while looking at the pot.)


This aqua bowl was also my mother in law’s.  I just love it.  She had it in a garage sale until I swooped in and snatched it.   I couldn’t believe she was selling it. She was surprised I wanted it. 

aqua bowl

She also had this square pottery bowl or tray. square aqua pot

 Again I had to take that off her hands.  Now I am always on the look out for aqua colored pottery and bowls.  Actually, I like all colors but aqua is my favorite.

 amaryllis bloom


 ~Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

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At long last my amaryllis bloomed.amaryllis

  It was worth the wait. amaryllis

Such a beauty!


There’s nothing like a beautiful bloom to brighten up a dreary January day.




~The Amen! of Nature is always a flower.
-   Oliver Wendell Holmes


Amaryllis blos⋅som/blos-uhm–noun:

 Botany 1. the flower of a plant.web-paper-whites-0091 

 2.  the state of flowering.web-amaryllis-012

 –verb ; botany 3.  to produce or yield blossoms. web-todayy-0011

4.  to flourish;


 5.  to develop;web-todayy-062

6.  to open;  web-g-002

 7.  the state of flowering. 


 ~Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.~
   Gerald De Nerval

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My amaryllis is getting ready to bloom. web-amaryllis-012

 I can hardly wait to see it’s beauty.2wamaryllis

  It shouldn’t be too much longer.ama


If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.  ~Audra Foveo

Visit Lisa’s chaos to see many other macro and up close pictures!macro monday

amarylis-Amaryllis are the easiest of flowering bulbs to bloom.  It’s botanical name is Hippastrume and it is now a popular Christmas time flower that originated in South American tropical regions.  They are not winter hardy bulbs but they are fun to force in the wintertime to have holiday blooms.  They always seem like a Christmas flower to me.  It’s the red ones that I love.  web-kk-0371

 At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year
~Thomas Tusser


Visit Work of the Poet blog to see other Ruby Tuesday posts.  Happy Holidays!