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Amaryllis [20091213|21:45]
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Several weeks ago, the bloke remarked casually that it would be nice if we purchased some bulbs to plant in our back garden, so there would be a bit of colour there to cheer us up come the spring. I agreed.

A trip to a garden centre and a consultation with our gardener friend later, the bloke discovered a web shop where he could order bulbs at a great discount. He went a little mad. A few days later, 565 bulbs turned up. We spent the next three weekends creating, and digging compost into, several new flower beds so that we'd have someplace to plant them. As an afterthought, he bought two large amaryllis bulbs for the house, since we were going to have to wait months to appreciate the fruits of our labours.

The white began to flower two weeks ago. The red popped out on Wednesday. I've derived a quiet kind of winter pleasure from watching their luxuriant, velvety blooms evolve and then crumple into tissue-thin husks.


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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2009-12-14 05:21 (UTC)
Those are beautiful! What did you get for the yard?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-14 19:33 (UTC)
Thank you. Lots and lots of stuff. I can't remember it all. Tulips and daffodils and lilies and anemones and crocuses and who knows what else.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2009-12-14 05:54 (UTC)
lol 565 bulbs. You have to take pictures when that happens.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-12-14 17:07 (UTC)
I'm picturing the aerial view of the tulip fields in Holland. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-14 19:31 (UTC)
We can't work on that scale yet, but I believe being able to do so is part of the bloke's Master Plan.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-14 19:30 (UTC)
I know. When he showed me the order list, my first reaction was, "Good grief, we have a garden, not a 20-acre estate!"
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[User Picture]From: prolificdiarist
2009-12-14 13:26 (UTC)
Oh, WOW!

I love these photos.

So many bulbs! o.O (WIN!)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-14 19:31 (UTC)
Thank you very much! I worked on them quite a bit yesterday so this is encouraging. :-)
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2009-12-14 18:56 (UTC)
I love the first shot. I'm fascinated w/ the comparison of new, vibrant blooms to those that are fading & while I've taken many similar photos, yours remains dainty, delicate. S'a good shot. (My fam has asked more than once why I have so many photos of withering flowers. Heh)

I can't wait to see your Bulb-Fest this spring! Wide shots & macros... *shivers & dances*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-12-14 19:35 (UTC)
Thank you. The bloke said something similar about the contrast between the full & wilting blooms. I'm not totally satisfied with the red shot - I was trying to emphasize the stamens inside the left-hand bloom but the composition isn't exactly right.

I can't either. I hope at least some of them come up! I'm going to be depressed if they don't.
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