19 February 2020

Hippeastrum Plant ❥

I remember seeing this plant when I was just a teenager when I visited my cousins' house.
And I fell in love with it.
A leafless elegant long stem.
With flowers on top.
The most amazing flowers!
So when I saw this one - I had to have it!
White and red with peach cream undertones.
It really is a stunner.

What joy it brought to my kitchen...

As day by day, I watched the blooms open.

'Hippeastrums'  are from the Amarilys family.
And there are many, many colours available.
The flower heads can be from 13 to 20cm in size.
They are funnel-shaped but do come in double forms.

To grow: 
  •   Place in bright light with some sun for part of the day.

        (I grew mine on my kitchen bench which has morning sun and bright light for the rest of the day).
  •    When actively growing/flowering, aim to keep the soil moist most of the time.

After Flowering:
  • Cut the spent flower spikes to the base, but keep the leaves growing by watering when the bulb soil is dry.
  • Place bulbs in the pots outside or in a greenhouse or covered patio during the hot summer months.
  •   Only fertilise every 2 weeks while leaves are growing.
  • Keep in a 10 to 13-degree temperature will in its rest period after leaves die back.
  •   Do not water while dormant.
  •   Don't let bulb sit in water as this will cause the bulb to rot.
  •   Do not repot unless the potting medium has broken down, or the plant produces offsets.
  •  Baby offset bulbs take 2 to 3 years to flower.
  •  The plant nor bulb like frost or cold.

Here's a little advice from a grower who has had her 'Hippy' for 26 years!

My amaryllis bulb is about 26 years old and blooms twice every year without fail. I have it in an east-facing window, and I water it as and when I remember! I feed it with Gro-more twice a year as the main stalk starts to show (only adding to one watering each blossoming time). I honestly do not pamper this bulb, never take it out of the window (even in winter but central heating usually keeps the house at about 20 degrees), forget to water regularly (sometimes the leaves start to droop a little) and yet it still gives me 2 beautiful displays every year. The bulb has almost filled the pot for the last 6 years, so I took it from the pot 6 weeks ago, cut back the roots (there was very little soil left anymore) and put some new soil in. I thought I had killed it but it is proudly showing 4 deep red blooms on the stalk. I do strip off the dead 'skins' on the bulb when it gets very flaky - a gentle pull brings most of it off. 

#hippeastrum #floweringpotplant

8 February 2020

Easy Valentine Table Centerpiece

Valentine Table Centerpiece
Valentines Days will be here VERY SOON.
You want to make the dining or coffee table lovey,
and just a wee bit special.
Life is so busy.
You just do not have time to be super creative.
So here is your answer.
A simple, valentine day table feature that is super easy to prepare and super affordable too.

Just grab a wine glass
Some heart or love inspired fabric
And an open bloom rose.

Put the bloom head inside the upturned wine glass...

 Place the bloom head inside the upturned wine glass onto the scrunched up Valentine themed fabric...

Place a red candle or mini candles on top of the wine glass base...

Valentine Table Centerpiece
Light your candles.
And now you have a loved up but super easy to create table centrepiece!

#valentinedecor  #valentinetablecentrepiece

24 January 2020

Breathless Moments....

A new quote to share today...
it's about:
 Love and Nature's breathless moments = ❤️

Love quotes

#newzealandphotographer #blackandwhitephotography

21 January 2020

Valentines Dippy Treats...❥

Kids Party Food
Valentines Dippy Treats are elegant, light, textured Corinthians that have been dipped in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with pretty 'sprinkles'.
I mean who does not like sprinkles?
And chocolate?

And crisp wafer biscuits with a yummy strawberry filling?

I'm not doing a recipe link because they are so EASY to whip up.
The kids LOVE making them!
All you do is:
Melt chocolate (using the microwave or over hot water technique)
Dip the wafers in it.
Place on a tray that has been lined with baking paper.
Sprinkle with 'sprinkles'.
Then place in the refrigerator to set.

And you know what?
If you don't like white chocolate, you can get the wafers in vanilla chocolate.
So change up the dip to Dark or milk chocolate.
And red and white themed 'sprinkles'.

Valentines Day Treats
 Keep in the refrigerator until serving as they are so tasty good COLD!
Valentines Dippy Treats are also great for parties - adults and kids will LOVE them!

#valentinesday #Kidspartyfood

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