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Chicago Landscape Spring Garden Designs

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Chicago Landscape Spring Garden Designs

 

Chicago Landscape Spring Garden Designs

 

Topic Covered: How to create a simple yet beautiful holiday centerpiece arrangement with festive indoor flowering Amaryllis and Paper White bulbs.


Materials Needed:

  • 1 (One) 12-14” diameter round empty glass/plastic/wooden water tight container. Choosing a shallow dish will help create a more dramatic impact on the designs overall appearance in your display preference. We also suggest using a dish that is somewhat transparent or see thru because the rapid growth of the bulbs bright white roots is an added feature that you can utilize to enhance the look of your final centerpiece.
  • 3 (three) Amaryllis Flowering bulbs – Color choice is based on your personal preference. Amaryllis are among some of the most common indoor garden gifts people share with one another throughout the holiday season. With an unforgettable display of what is usually four huge (approx. 6-7”) blossoms per flower stalk, the Amaryllis flower is a stunning indoor houseplant. The Amaryllis now comes in a variety of colors and flowering forms that can be purchased at your local garden retailer (usually during fall & winter months they are more readily available).

 

  • 4-6 (four to six) PaperWhite bulbs – These are often sold in groupings such as the number of bulbs we’ve recommended here, and can also be found where Amaryllis bulbs are sold as well. If sold individually, choose the largest bulbs with multiple bulblets attached for extra blossoms! Additionally, take your time to gently squeeze each bulb you pick to ensure that they’re firm underneath all the excess dried brown outer layers the bulbs may have. We ask you to do this because if the bulbs are soft or feel “squishy” they may be rotten inside due to fungal and moisture accumulation from improper ventilation.
  • 12” by 12” Green Sheet Moss – which you can get from any crafts store or any well stocked nursery garden center.
  • 1 (one) pound of mixed small to medium sized river rocks, decorative gravel, or mixture of both. If you’ve chosen to use a see-thru or transparent container for this project… choose a color mixture or decorative mix that will compliment your existing holiday décor or the color scheme of the room where the centerpiece will be displayed.

(In your container) Position the Amaryllis bulbs in the center as they are usually taller in height and more prominent with their thick tall flowering stalks.

Once you have the Amaryllis bulbs positioned the way that you want you may pour in some of your gravel/rock mixture to help hold them in place as you proceed to add the PaperWhites. Stagger/mix in your PaperWhite bulbs around the perimeter of the amaryllis bulbs.  Once all the bulbs have been positioned the way that you want them… gently fill in with the rest of your gravel/rock mixture to additionally secure the rest of the bulbs.


Carefully using scissors to cut your moss sheeting to size, go around the design adding a top layer of the green sheet moss in-between your bulbs in place to create a gorgeous green surface that will additionally help secure your bulbs in place and help to conceal some of the more unsightly features of the bulbs before their new growth occurs.


Once completed you will be well on your way to having a beautiful centerpiece easily manageable with simple watering requirements that will have a bloom life anywhere between 2-4 weeks depending on the individual bulbs growth characteristics. To maintain your arrangement, keep it well watered throughout its initial growth spurt at the beginning and up until the bloom cycle begins. If you can see the water accumulate in your container make sure that the bottom ¼” inch always has water because the bulbs drink quite a bit during its initial growth cycle as you’ll see.


While most bulbs are forced and often discarded after all the blossoms have faded… you may want to check out our previous segment info on how you can re-energize and re-flower your bulbs [Reflowering Amaryllis Bulbs].

 

 

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