Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Traditions

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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  1. I think these are great traditions!! So pretty.

  2. Hi Joy!
    Thank you so very much for your kind words re the loss of my friend, so very sweet of you, I appreciate it so much.

    Oh gosh, paperwhites and amaryllis! My mother adored paper whites and amaryllis. I try to remember to plant some every year in her memory.

    Thank you for your lovely post and a reminder to get to the nursery for bulbs.
    Sally xo

  3. Wow your amaryllis blooms were just beautiful! I have to get out tomorrow and get paperwhite bulbs. We've done them before too and they are so simple and so pretty.

  4. I adore the holiday season but like to keep things simple. My traditions seem to be fading with time. I've not forced bulbs inside before but would like to try. Have a wonderful weekend. Happy holidays! Tammy

  5. Don't you just love the flowers of Christmas? I have a window shelf full of blooming plants. The amaryllis are blooming so much faster than I can remember. Enjoy!

  6. Why the heck I forget to force bulbs every year, I don't know! They are so beautiful and the scent is heavenly. Love all your favorite things, Joy - the bulb containers and the silverplate casserole dishes - handy items and beautiful, besides.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  7. I planted an amaryllis bulb just today. I did not get to it last year and have never forced paper whites. You are way ahead of me. I do plant the amaryllis in the ground each year (when I remember) and I have a lot of them in my summer garden now. Visiting from MHC, Olive

  8. Love Paperwhites. Yours look so healthy. I planted bulbs from last year and they looked okay, but growing tall, not healthy looking and no buds at all. Will wait and see if they bloom. I panted in gravel in a clear glass container as I like to see the roots grow.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  9. My son and fiancee gave me amaryllis starting kits for 3 years in a row as Christmas gifts. I loved them! In Feb I had beautiful blooms! Last year they split up and no amaryllis. I guess it was HER idea...what guy would think of that ? :) So I think this year I should either buy one for myself or tell all three sons that is what I want for Christmas and see if at least one gets it for me! :)

  10. Very pretty - especially the wreath on your door!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  11. Yours sure did turn out beautiful 2 years ago, and I bet you will get the same results this year. I planted mine in stones and some in dirt. I found the ones in stone grew much faster than the ones in dirt. Not sure why that is. Thanks for linking up to my party, hope to see you again next week.

  12. Lovely seasonal decorations. I love the bulbs growing inside. I'm sharing some simple Christmas decorating outside this week.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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