Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern DayDreamer.

The Amaryllis are blooming and they've outdone themselves this year! Years ago, I bought amaryllis bulb kits to use as Christmas decorations. After the flowers died back, the bulbs went outside and were eventually planted in a couple of pots. I had snail problems though and didn't have much success with the plants blooming until I discovered that fertilizing them helps immensely!

The red amaryllis amazes me. After the snails finished this bulb I almost threw it out, but had read that the bulbs could be divided, so I tried planting it in a little pot and a few years later, look at it now! It's a full size bulb again and with the help of some fertilizer, it's gorgeous.

The bulbs in this pot seem to multiply every year and it's very tight in there, but they bloom like crazy. The fertilizer has worked wonders for them too.
Another view and you can see one of the birdhouses my hubby or son need to mount on the post... It's been waiting for a few years to be put on the post, but I'm very patient. ;0} Poor birds could have had a home...



You know how I love rusty yard art... Doesn't this one look like Roxy?

This one looks like Murphy, our cocker spaniel.

Susan, thank you for hosting this delightful weekly event. You can visit A Southern Daydreamer to see the other Outdoor Wednesday posts, by clicking HERE.

Enjoy!
Diane

40 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Diane it is gorgeous and vibrant in deep red.
You sure have an amazingly beautiful yard my friend.

Have a wonderful week. ~Melissa :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your amaryllis are gorgeous! Love your metal yard art. I've never seen any like that. Where did you find them, or did you have them made? laurie

ellen b said...

Your potted flowers are so beautiful Diane! Happy O.W. to you!

Linda said...

Diane, My flowers are just starting to show signs of life. These are beauties.

the wild raspberry said...

LOVE the pink amaryllis bulbs...gorgeous as can be!
chasity

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Diane,
Enjoyed all of your photos, the Amaryllis's are very beautiful , and the pink is very unusual in color. The birdhouse is beautiful also. The rustic yardwork is very realistic too, thank you for sharing.
Sue

CailinMarie said...

The amaryllis are lovely but I especially like your rusty art!!! The Chihuahua is my favorite!

Crystal said...

Your flowers beautiful. I never thought about bulbs in pots..I don't know why. Your "yard art" is nice, too! Thanks for sharing.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Diane! Your amaryllis are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Lindsay @ Peacock Blue said...

Amaryllis is one of my favorites! I like to give the bulbs in a cute planter as gifts.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Diane, your amaryllis plants are gorgeous! They are so perfect they don't look real!lol...Your rusty art dogs are really cute too! Kristen

Jadehollow said...

Diane.. all of your Amaryllis are beautiful. Mine haven't bloomed yet.. I split them up last year because they were way over crowded and over growing their pot. I hope I haven't harmed them. It's so funny how your Roxy and Chief resemble my Rocky and Gizzy.
Thanks for sharing your gorgis treasures with us all today.
Happy Wednesday.
Hugs,
Debbie

grey like snuffie said...

Loved all your pictures. Amaryllis are indoor Christmas bulbs around here...so pretty to see them out. I'm a big fan of the rusty yard art. I would love to add more to my yard. I have one dancing girl.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Diane! Your amaryllis are beautiful! And I love the doggie yard art! Mine is frenchy..a big snail and a rooster! lol Have a great week...hugs...Debbie

KayC. said...

Those "rusty art" dogs are the best kind to have in your garden..they don't dig up your flowers! Great post and happy O.W.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

How pretty!! I love amaryllis also. I was given one a few years ago and planted it in the yard. It blooms every spring. Just one lonely big red bloom.

BTW, thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment!

Happy gardening

Fifi Flowers said...

YOur amaryllis are beautiful!

Really Rainey said...

I have a red one left over from Christmas... I"m going to try and fertilize it and keep it going! Thanks... cool post...

~Really Rainey~

Light and Voices said...

Hi!
The pink amaryllis is unusual. Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
Joyce M

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Love those, I grow them for Christmas presents every year. I have never had any luck getting them to stay alive from year to year. Any advice?

dana said...

Your amaryllis certainly show what a lot of TLC and fertilizer can do!! They are gorgeous!!

We need to get those boys on the stick and get that beautiful birdhouse mounted--wow, the birds will go nuts over that one!

Love that rusty yard art--there are huge pieces of it on the highways around KC with figures representing the Santa-Fe-Trail.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!! Dana

Foley said...

The amaryllis are beautiful..I'm partial to the red!!

Love your "rusty" pets!!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

You really do have a green thumb. Color me impressed! I'm going to have to feed my little pathetic plants I guess.
Hugs, Bridget

jeanne said...

I'm with you Diane. I love this outdoor event. Your flowers are so beautiful. I had no idea snails could be a problem. Lol Those little brats!!! Fertilizer is the answer for all plants. My sister's think I have a green thumb and I do in the name of plant food. A must for success in gardening. BIG Secret NO MORE!!!

Hugs...Jeanne

Carrie said...

The red amaryllis is my favorite. Such pretty flowers!!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Mary said...

Your amaryllis are just gorgeous. I love the vibrancy of the red flower. You have a lovely blog. I'm so glad I stopped by.

Chandy said...

Beautiful amaryllis blooms! Wow! I think I'll try my luck with them, thanks!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Beautiful amaryllis and love your little doggie dog art.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Diane, your pictures are truly lovely!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Oh wow, your blooms are amazing, Diane! But is it just the camera angle, or is that bird house enormous?????

Justine :o )

Sandra said...

Oh what beautiful flowers!! So vibrant!
Sandra

mbkatc230 said...

Your yard is just beautiful. And the amaryllis is amazing. I really love the birdhouse. Be careful when you move it, I had one sitting on our deck (yes, waiting for hubby to mount it on a post lol), when he finally went to do so, a tiny little house wren flew out - I thought he was going to have a heart attack! Kathy

Tootsie said...

they look wonderful girl!!! I love the birdhouse too!!!
My greenhouse is a disappointment this year. Not only did I plant each seed...more seeds than ever before too...but they did not germinate like they should have. Some years are like this...I have to go out and purchase pansys and a couple of other things...when the seed does not perform....greenhouses are not as full as they should be! I plan to do a blog post about it one of these days...I know I sound whiny...but why should I have to buy plants when I know I can grow my own!

Mimi said...

Diane, your blossoms are GORGEOUS! You'd better make some of those smoothie pops of mine so you can have one when you are in your garden! The colors would fit perfectly!

Smilingsal said...

You have a very green thumb! Those blooms are just gorgeous.

once in a blue moon... said...

oh that was beautiful! now get that birdhouse up on post, you are missing all the action!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Diane your flowers are fabulous....I can hardly believe that amarylis...incredible!!!
Happy Mother's Day!
;-D

Just Between Us Girls said...

Your yard and flowers are just lovely. You must work on it all the time...it sure looks like it.
Pat

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Edward sends greetings to Murphy, Bailey and Sammie!!

Lovely blog.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Yipes!
and Chief, and Roxy and Coco!!

Any more??

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