Northwest Nature

Christmas in Bloom, When I Could Have Killed It

I flew from Wisconsin back home to Seattle to my tenderly nurtured Christmas bulb in full bloom – truly a Christmas gift. (BTW, “tenderly nurtured” is a joke because I have a bad habit of killing indoor plants.)

There's hope – a flower actually blooming inside the house! My green-thumb gift is with outdoor plants, from tomatoes to tulips.

There’s hope – a flower actually blooming inside the house! My green-thumb gift is with outdoor plants, from tomatoes to tulips.

The correct name of this Christmas bulb is

The correct name of this Christmas bulb is “amaryllis,” and it survived my care.

Anyone who knows me knows I have a quite a green thumb OUTDOORS and a perfectly lousy one INDOORS. I can give you the name of any Northwest outdoor plant in Latin, but I didn’t even know this Christmas bulb was an amaryllis until someone saw it and told me.

That’s why these Christmas blooms are a Christmas miracle!

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