When the amaryllis, Hippeastrum striatum, flowers are blooming it’s time to be a bee. #FridayFlower

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! 🙂

Also looking forward to harvesting the seeds they’ll produce in a few weeks time, and then sowing those offspring in order to grow more amaryllis babies.

The cycle continues!

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.

It was originally brought to the UK upon its discovery back in 1759, and first listed in the Library at Kew in 1789.

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!

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2016 – A new year, a new look! Both in the store and online

Wall Flower Studio - renovating and January re-opening date

Happy to share that we now have brand new shelving and better lighting for the store! We’re working behind the scenes to employ all the space we can in our wee shop, and do look forward to re-opening on Fri. Jan 22. – Do drop in and have a look! If you have been in before, I hope you like the changes. If you haven’t been in yet, well then I ask, why not???  😉 But seriously, there are many surprises up my sleeve, yet to share over the years to come. 🙂

FYI: Wall Flower Studio’s winter hours, (from reopening until the end of March 2016) will be:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday / 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

– Not only will we have an updated look in the shop, but online, too! Though I’m very happy to continue offering our products on Etsy, one goal of mine has always been to have a proper website. I’ll still be blogging here, however the goal has been achieved, so for a sneak peek, visit Wall Flower Studio’s new website: HERE

(FYI -It’s not quite complete, but I’m working hard behind the scenes taking photographs, writing product descriptions, getting products listed, events slated and much more. Launch is set for early February 2016.)

Starting Jan. 22, Wall Flower Studio is the new ‎Minden‬ pick-up location for the ‪Bread‬ & ‪Bagel‬ club. We’re thrilled! For more info, please visit Into the Blue Bakery’s website: HERE

Last but not least, I’m happy to share that we’re now offering a monthly ‪‎newsletter‬! Subscribe for ‪workshops‬, new product launches, & forthcoming events in the ‪#‎shop:‬ HERE

Right now I’m home, busily packaging all kinds of garden seeds, making soap, bitters, fairy furniture, you name it, but am admittedly missing the shop and all the lovely folk who visit, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish my friends and customers all the best for 2016.

Thank you for your kindness, inspiration, and for shopping locally. ~ Karen

fairy furniture at Wall Flower Studio Garden - copyright Karen Sloan