Well, not really Tannenbaum, since that refers to the traditional Christmas tree. What I want to share with you is the spectacular performance of an amaryllis bulb.
Last year I beheld the glory that was several Instagrammers’ @amarylliswatch2017 posts. I have not had an amaryllis for years, but those photos inspired me. And Carole (I think) said that if one were planning to purchase such a bulb, one should buy it from White Fence Farms. Something about how, yes, they cost a bit more, but they are so much better. Definitely worth the extra bucks.
So, a year ago, I put a reminder on my calendar in mid-October 2018: “Order amaryllis bulbs from White Flower Farm for delivery in December”. And when October rolled around, I followed my own instructions.
Behold the Christmas greenery (and reddery!) at our house!
The trick to acquiring one of these in December in The Great Frozen North is to get it from the store to the car to the house without letting it get frostbitten. This poor baby had to spend six (6!) hours in the car while we shopped, ate dinner, shopped, and drove back to Wisconsin from Minneapolis. It has lost exactly one leaf so far. I blame the raggedy bits on certain cats who think houseplants are for them.