Thursday, January 5, 2012
We Are United
Now, about 7 weeks later, the boxes are all gone: the lingering lot was on half-price sale last week. But most of those boxes went home with someone earlier and have been working away on their assigned task. You opened your box and you got a plastic pot (which really didn't seem big enough for a flower that was going to be very tall) and a packet of high-quality manufactured soil and a big bulb (or more, depending upon the level of your investment). You put them all together, watered the pot and waited for the magic.
A few days ago, a friend came by and seeing my amaryllis on the coffee table commented that hers, by contrast was only about six inches tall. Mine is about 25 inches tall.
But, the bud is surging leafless ahead. The top picture is two days earlier than the bottom one, and today it is even more open. A few more days, I'd guess, and we'll have a genuine amaryllis flower in our living room. And, despite the lagging results of my friend, I like to think that all over the Point, there are many other coffee tables with similarly uninspired pots producing prodigious blooms. There we are, altogether, thanks to the International Market: The Point Roberts Amaryllis Choral Society.