Eye Candy Saturday: special edition

Without a doubt, my amaryllis aspired to be a giant sequoia in its former life:

At the moment, it is 29″ high, and displays 4 blossoms, each one 7.5″ in diameter. Two more blossoms will be added shortly.

With all this foliage, the stalk needed some extra support. But where could I find a sturdy stick to do the job?

I taped together two long knitting needles end-to-end. Yet another use for our abundant stashes.

39 thoughts on “Eye Candy Saturday: special edition

  1. Judy

    Is this your first year on the amaryllis? I had some that performed like that last year, but this year they only put up foliage. Has anyone ever gotten them to bloom a second year?

  2. meg

    Ahh, the well-stocked knitter is a prepared gardener! It is good to know those 14″ needles are good for something besides causing wrist strain.

  3. Nicole

    Lol – I’m sure we all find some strange uses for knitting needles at some point or other! Unfortuntely, my boyfriend has been known to use my bamboo striaghts when he grabs something to stir his tea!

  4. Christina

    Those are beautiful! What a clever use of knitting needles. We get enormous plants over here, too. We buy fertilizer from the mushroom farm – smelly, but effective.

  5. Amanda

    Oh, how wonderful! We like to get amarylis for our grandmothers as a chirstmas gift each year and I order one for myself typically. This time around, I didn’t order one for me and the two old ones didn’t bloom :o( I was without their big, beautiful blooms this spring until now! Thank you for sharing yours!!

  6. Jennie

    A sign of the spring-to-come. It’s beautiful (and a welcome sight on this very grey philadelphia Saturday!). Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Brenda

    Very beautiful amaryllis! My mom grows those, too. She finds that she needs to divide them each year to get them to bloom again. I noticed someone asked about that in an above comment.

  8. anne

    Damn! Good thinking on that plant support.Isn’t it funny how just the right answer can be invisible until we think differently? (needles not for knitting, etc.)

  9. Suzanne

    Ha, ha! Only a knitter would think of using knitting needles as plant stakes! Maybe those hideous size 15s in red plastic would work for my foxgloves…

  10. Sue

    Those flowers are beautiful, but I think you’ll find that they are Hippeastrum in actuallity. They are often mistakenly called Amarylis. Whatever it’s called, you did well with the knitting needle.

  11. Elinor

    The eye candy is great! I’ve used knitting needles and stash cotton many times for gardening projects!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. LaurieM

    I hate knitting with straights, so this looks like the perfect way to recycle them.

    Beautiful flowers, BTW. Very fresh and spring-y.

  13. jess

    Oh man, my amaryllis drooped like nobody’s business this year, I should have done the same thing with some of my needles!

  14. Michele in Maine

    beautiful! My amarylis is about five years old (maybe a bit more) and it’s bloomed for me at least four times. I just keep cutting the dead leaves back and occasionally watering the dead-looking bulb and just when I think it’s truly dead, it comes back again!

  15. dynna

    what a beautiful amaryllis you have there. i love your creative ability to improvise and use the long needles to good use. i’ve only recently found your blog but sure enjoying your knitting and tips,etc. thanks for sharing with all of us knitters.

  16. Di

    I too had a mammoth amaryllis earlier this year and also used my knitting needles to prop it up – mine was 32cm tall (first stem) with 5 flowers but the second stem was a midget at onlt 14cm and flowers!

  17. Lily

    Beautiful! I’m not going to be fooled by the nice weather we’ve had this weekend, though, considering that the 60-70 degree weather we were having a few days (weeks?) ago was followed by a nasty snowstorm. Ah, life in the Boston area . . .

  18. marie in florida

    yesterday i stuck a clear plastic straw on the pointy end of a chop stick,stuck the thick end of the chopstick in the ground and the clear plastic straw is supporting the basil which did NOT freeze back this year. see? your smarts are contagious.

  19. Marianne

    so beautiful and so many blooms! I have always used my odd needles for plant supports and thought every else did the same, I think my Mum did it first though…the other thing I do with my redundant needles is to stick them into a cake to see if its cooked!

  20. Diana

    My parents and I both had Amaryllis bulbs this year…mine was average size, but my parent’s flower was HUGE!!!!! It looked like it was going to take over the house! Knitting needles as plant supports….what a great idea!

  21. Nancy

    I have been away for a bit and just came back to find your amarylis post- they are beautiful! Inspiration for my florist interviews this week- should I put a knitting needle in my bouquet for good luck? :)

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