Paperwhites in vintage containers. Red Amaryllis bulbs inside silverplate casserole bases. An evergreen door wreath. Pointsettia. The first signs of the Christmas Season in my home.
DGS loves planting so he was the guy to bring in 4 cups of rocks from the front yard for one bowl of Paperwhites. He wants the smooth rocks for his 'collection' from the second bowl when the plants are finished.
The compacted peat/soil for the amaryllis bulbs was a good experiment too - add water a bit a time to the pellet and in about 30 minutes (including some amazing water spills) the plant pot is full of the expanded soil. Take out half the dirt, add the bulb and replace the dirt, packing it around the bulb. Place the plant in good light and check the growth two or three times a day (just because). Water as needed. Good stuff.
Christmas traditions. We create them, we bring them with us from our families, we fit new traditions into our own family. If we don't have any to bring with us then its OK to make our own traditions. If we don't like a particular tradition its OK to change or discard and recreate until things fit our family. Took me years to figure that one out.
So, my favorite things, pulled together for this post are the bulb containers and silverplate casserole bases. The pots get used year round for plant pots, for a storage space for garden seeds, for groupings and are sometimes just stacked on a shelf waiting. The silverplate casserole bases just hang around waiting for something to do.
I used to make my wreaths from weather downed branches and Christmas decorations and bows and that was a 'good thing' at the time. It fit into our young family as free, creative and decorative. The wreath tradition stayed but the 'how' changed. Now I am just as thrilled by a great buy on a pre-made. Go figure. Time passes.
I missed out starting the bulbs last year. Missed the pleasure of watching a bulbs turn into long stemmed beauties. I missed that tradition and made a point this year of finding the supplies, buying the bulbs and getting them planted with help from DGS.
Here is my favorite Amaryllis picture from two years ago, just to remind me.
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