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Growing on the High Plains: Amaryllis - Part One

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There's a fun way to keep a promise of spring in your home throughout the chillier months of Winter. Consider potting an amaryllis bulb in your window, and bask in the bright, bountiful blooms that unfurl.

Those who named the flower "amaryllis" knew what they were doing. It's an elegant word that means "splendor," and that's precisely what this plant brings forth for me every winter. If you're looking for a colorful distraction during the chilly months of winter, I recommend potting an amaryllis bulb for an inspirational display from green chute to colorful blooms. On today's installment of Growing on the High Plains, I'll share some good tips for a successful window-sill blossom that'll warm you up during the freeze.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.