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A Candy Cane Striped Amaryllis

When I first spotted this amaryllis, it had not yet bloomed, but the image on the tag had the flowers reminding me of a striped candy cane.  I thought it was perfect for the season and for Flower Friday.  When it did bloom, I could not have been happier. Hope your day is grand!



Amaryllis Love

20151212-061732.jpg I had mentioned the other day that each of the shop big windows had an amaryllis in the display of goods. Flowers and plants add such a lively touch amongst the assortment of shop things. I had found these cool faux bois planters in New York and thought they would be perfect to house the paperwhites and amaryllis this season. The above popped open with festive glee yesterday and I just had to share. Watching an amaryllis from early stalk to full bloom is really quite something. The flowers on this beauty almost look like the red is painted on with water colors, each stroke visible. Ahhhhhhh.



Perfect Timing

20141224-075007.jpg And just like that, overnight, we awoke to this beautiful sight. The kitchen just seems to be doing a happy dance too. All week long I walked by the table in the kitchen just hoping it would open in time for Christmas–the amaryllis doing a swan like dance for all of us to enjoy.

Both shops are open today at 10, so if you need any last minute gifts, we are here to help. Wrapped for you, as well. The First & Spring location will close at 5 and the Market shop will close at 6.

Happy, Happy Holidays to you,



Potted Amaryllis

20141115-061059.jpg Now is the time you will start seeing a profusion of potted amaryllis at flower shops, grocery stores, and other spots that sell flowers and garden supplies. They have some serious bang for the buck, as the process from stalk to bloom is a pretty magical process to witness–and once it does, man oh man, are they a sight to behold. Just find a receptacle of your liking to drop the plastic pot into. Here I put one in a vintage brass bucket that was a gift from our friend Peg and then scattered the top with pages from an old book to cover up the exposed dirt. If you can get your hands on one, enjoy the heck out of it. They are such extraordinarily beautiful flowers.

Just a reminder. Our first Holiday Open House of the season is today at our First & Spring shop in downtown Seattle from 10 to 6. If you are in the area, I so hope you can make it. As a special little treat if you are able to join in the festivities, mention to me in person today that you saw this on the blog post and I will have a little gift to give you. XX, Ted




A = Amaryllis

20131213-054430.jpg What happy flowers. While paperwhites so speak of the season, amaryllis do, as well. Not so much speak it, but shout it. The blooms just seem to sing out that the Holidays are in full swing. Actually, make that full bloom.


20131213-054900.jpg Whether in pots as a plant, or single stemmed in a vase, they just brighten up any space they inhabit. The blooms looking so interesting when they are tight and balled up. Then just exploding into the beauty that is the amaryllis.