Flowers In Red

Just a little preparation before Valentine's Day, eh? I am planning on digging out my box of Buffy valentines and sending some to friends. I should have plenty of time this weekend, if the way people are freaking out indicates that we're going to have another blizzard in DC.

Here's the prize... My "Red Lion" amaryllis! I got it half off at Garden District the other week. I also bought a pink/white striped one, but that was almost disappointing. It flowered last week after only growing one foot tall. Red Lion is almost two and a half feet tall! And such dramatic red! Heart it.

I also heart this "Sterling Scarlet" Cyclamen. Its flowers are not usually so intimidating... But I can't help feel like that goat must have felt chained up to a post for the T. rex to eat in Jurassic Park. I don't think I'll end up having my disembodied leg dropped onto a sunroof of an electric car full of tourists if I don't watch out for little Scarlet, but she does keep giving me these sideways glances at night... And, yes, she is the first female plant in my garden, for those of you who have been keeping track. I'll leave you to speculate on the reasons why.

Er... Red witch hazel just looks like crayon shavings glued together onto a stem to me. Not really so pretty. But maybe I haven't met a good witch hazel yet?

And here are some spider lilies that I've been sitting on since October (not literally, of course). I never got around to posting them in a pretty picture post, but they were beautiful springing up as if from nowhere in lawns all around the National Arboretum this fall.

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5 Responses to Flowers In Red

  1. Those cyclamen are really odd. They look like little "deadly leach squids". I like them.

  2. your flower photos are a joy to behold. Each and every one of them. Keep up the good work.

  3. Hm... I can't find pictures of those on Google, Aerelonian, but I can kind of see how they look like scary squids. They are just intimidating from that angle! Which is so dislike the personality they seem to have (basing that off of only owning this plant for a few months--they seem pretty easy-going, eh?).

    Beth, thank you! Hopefully this year, I'll get a fancy camera with a manual zoom!!! Then the good work will get even better.

  4. I just got back here from the heart shape post and forgot how scary those cyclamen look. Maybe Liza was right. Please never take a picture of them from that angle again. Nightmares. Thanks! :)

  5. That's one of the reasons why this Cyclamen is the only "female" plant in The Indoor Garden. She just... I don't know. She's like a gypsy woman--beautiful but also dangerous and holding a dagger against your throat.

    I'll try to honour your request of not taking pictures of Scarlet like this again. It's a fun angle, but I don't want to scare anyone away!


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