Saturday, October 17, 2009

Don’t You Hate When...’re walking around the supermarket, minding your own business, picking up your weekly groceries and everything you need for the turkey pot pie and the turkey soup and a whole bunch of other turkey recipes that you plan to make, which will hopefully use up some of the 8 pounds of leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving day that’s taking up precious space in your freezer, when all of a sudden BAM, this jumps into your shopping cart:

When you try to put it back on the shelf, the Amaryllis bulb sobs that all it wants is a “forever home” and that "you seem like such a kind and loving plant grower” and that’s why it jumped into your cart. And that “you don’t seem like the type that would coldheartedly leave behind a poor and helpless bulb” that might end up being bought by a cruel and inexperienced grower or that might never be bought and end up dying a lonely death in a supermarket of all places, all of which makes you feel guilty enough to take it home.

Don’t you hate that? Yeah, me too.

That’s what happened to me yesterday. An amaryllis bulb jumped into my shopping cart, recited its sob story and ended up going home with me. It’s now planted in clay pellets and I hope to have beautiful, bold flowers for Christmas.

There is one thing I just don’t understand. Why do these kits include cheap, plastic containers that would never in a million years be able to support an amaryllis that can easily tip over a clay pot with its large, heavy leaves? It’s really lame.

Anyhow, be careful out there folks; the amaryllis incident could happen to you!


  1. That has happened to me too. Those plants must get together at the packing factory and plan what they are going to do.
    Hope yours grows well ... looking forward to seeing the photos.

  2. Yep, it's happened to me, too. It's particularly hard when the plants reach out with their leafy arms and grab you and won't let go. I mean, what are you gonna do? Resistance is futile!

  3. Oh that's funny Crafty Gardener! And you might be right; maybe they do get together at the factory and plan how to manipulate customers. In fact, maybe they attend some seminar about that.

    Ha ha ha...Beth! Yes, that's even worse; the leafy arms grabbing you and refusing to let go. You know, when my kids were younger, the plants would hold them hostage. The plants don't do that anymore because the girls are too big to restrain. True story. Really.

  4. Dear Martha,
    My husband LOVES amaryllis!! And you are right about the flimsy pots!
    Guess what, we had amaryllis in pots, we had about 10 of them, we had them for years...this past winter, they DIED in our garage! Man, I really missed them, they would bloom in May, usually.
    He also bought some for people as gifts when we were in England. We don't know if anyone knows how much we love them!!!

    1. Oh, that's terrible, Kay! What caused it? Was it too cold? I hope you get some more. They are such beautiful plants!