Being a bee today! Happily, it’s amaryllis season again, so I’ve been pollinating the flowers of this bulb by hand.
I look forward to this favourite horticultural activity every year! 🙂
More on this amaryllis: Its botanical name is Hippeastrum striatum. It’s believed to be one of the first hybrid amaryllis, with a modern botanical history dating back to the late 1700’s.
Sometimes called a ‘Barbados lily’, this flowering herbaceous perennial bulb plant hails from the Amaryllidaceae family, and it’s native to the southern and eastern regions of Brazil.
Discovering more history on this amaryllis is very exciting!
I only wish I could share this information with my late great Uncle Allan from whom I inherited the plant. He always wanted to know more about the amaryllis because it originated from his grandmother, who incidentally was my Great-great Grandmother.
But, that’s not going to happen now, so I’m just grateful to be its current caretaker, and happy to continue, (in some small way), to propagate and promote the heritage and lineage of this lovely plant.
For tips on how to propagate your amaryllis, or if you’re seeking some information on how to keep an Amaryllis healthy and happy from year to year, I’ve written a more in-depth blog post here.
Happy Flowering Friday, everyone!
The hydrangeas have long since faded and dried, but I like to leave them over the winter because of the lovely snow-laden look about them.
Lucky to have several garden obelisks around the property, (with a big thanks to my handy hubby), they support all kinds of things I like to grow from spring to fall, including peas, runner beans, clematis, and morning glory.
These sturdy stands offer much winter interest this time of year! Sculptures that hold the snow, and my attention.
There are lots of berries still on trees. Food for the birds, but also a bright red colour that’s in such contrast to what can otherwise be a very monochromatic season.
And, not unlike this geranium by the kitchen window, (which blooms several times over the winter for me, inside of course!), I’ll (try to) patiently wait for the next time I can be outside again, basking in the warm sunshine flooding the garden.
With the equinox and winter solstice this coming weekend, the days will once again grow longer. It’ll be good to be back on the right track! Happy Solstice to all. ~ Karen
Not much, I admit…
(Sharing those links below).
In any case, I’ll try to promote the idea by sharing here how this past summer, I let the milkweed roam & grow where they liked.
Did I mention their scent is lovely? Well, it really is. -> Next year, take a snootful and see (smell) for yourself what I mean.
But, I came to my senses and resisted… then scolded myself in the process.
Our personal enjoyment yes, but also to encourage and help the other beings on this planet thrive, be they insects, birds, or mammals.
At the end of the season I was duly rewarded with plenty of seeds pods that burst forth in a spectacular fashion! Truly, they are nature’s understated fireworks.
So, I collected many seed pods and dried them in order to scatter those seeds all around our property next spring.
Here’s hoping it helps our winged friends, even a little bit, and that many of them will visit me next year.
Just some thoughts on a snowy winter day. 🙂
We often feel run down around the holidays, which makes us more susceptible to these kinds of viruses. But, many people are turning towards older herbal remedies, especially elderberries, (Sambucus nigra).
The use of elderberries has gained in popularity. With some scientific testing to back it up, elderberries can offer relief from coughs, colds, & even the flu when made into a syrup elixir. Also known for their immune boosting properties, elderberries are rich in antioxidants, and a source of Vitamin C.
It’s one of the best alternatives to big-pharma products, some of which may contain additives that people don’t want to give themselves or their family members. A must-have in many people’s natural cold and flu cabinets, (aka fridge in this case!).
I take a spoonful (a day) at the sign of an oncoming cold, or if I feel run down, or have been around someone else who feels sick. For the past 3 years, (knock on wood!), my elderberry syrup has kept these kinds of viruses at bay.
That’s why I’d like to share our new DIY Elderberry Syrup Kit! Now, anyone can create this lovely, useful herbal alternative.
Available here, at my -> Etsy Shop
This kit includes all the ingredients you need to create your own syrup, plus. easy-to-follow directions, & recipes, & a drawstring bag. .📨
All you need to have on hand is some honey (or maple syrup), to create a batch of elderberry syrup that will last most of the winter, if kept in the fridge. (Approximately 32 oz, or 1 quart.)
× Elderberry flowers
× Echinacea Root
(Spices) × Cardamom× Cloves × Cinnamon Bark × Star Anise × Eleuthero Root
🙌 Here’s my recipe! (Feel free to share)
- Place elderberries, water, herbs and spices in sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an hour.
- Using cheesecloth, (or a very fine mesh sieve), strain the mixture.
- Transfer your batch in to a jar and stir in 1 cup of honey, (or maple syrup if you so desire).
- Keep it in the fridge, sealed for up to 3-4 weeks.
Be well my friends!
P.S. View more of our DIY Kits -> HERE.
*** Please note:
× These statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
× Please review this product’s ingredients before use to determine if you have an allergy, if you’re pregnant, or breastfeeding. ***Always consult a physician if unsure.