Amaryllis Poem

I wanted to share this Amaryllis bulb experience through this Amaryllis poem.  I started about 3-4 years ago with one Amaryllis bulb.  I planted it in a large pot with lots of worm compost.  During that year it grew and flowered and produced a baby Amaryllis  bulb.  The next year it grew 3 baby Amaryllis bulbs.  This year the first baby grew 9 baby Amaryllis bulbs!!!!!  They are inundating me!!!  The bulbs grow really big if you plant them in a big pot with worm compost.  I will have to start giving these bulbs away.  There are too many for me!

Amaryllis bulbs go through a dormant stage each year.  In the spring and summer they live on my front porch getting lots of sunshine.  The leaves nourish the bulb. After the summer I put them in my mostly dark basement and stop watering them.  All the leaves die.  I like them to bloom in the spring so I bring them upstairs to a well lit area in February or March.  And I start watering them.  They will start growing pushing up stalks with flower buds. In the past I would get one flower stalk.  This year I got two!

So this is what happened this year to my original Amaryllis bulb:

No water, no light
Stuck in basement
Amaryllis bulb–dormant
All dried up…
Walking past one day
Take three steps back
Two flower stalks
Shooting up
Thick, vibrant
Full of life
Very pale green…
No water, no light
What do you know?
Amaryllis Poem

Stinging Nettle Poem

This stinging nettle poem talks about cleaning up the nettle stalks in the middle of winter AND still getting stung even though they are mostly dead.  Here and there some of the dead stalks have some green leaves on them which can sting.  Even at 26 degrees there are some new stinging nettle plants growing right next to the ground–see pic below.  The nettle plants are so low I would think they are somewhat protected from the freezing cold temperatures.  They also can sting.  Who would think in the middle of winter you can still get stung by stinging nettle–but it is true!

I cut out the dead stalks to throw them in the trash. Not in my compost or in my hugelkultur beds because they are so tenacious and will still grow.  Last year I put cut stalks in my hugelkultur row and, lo and behold nettle starting growing there.  I am trying to keep the nettle somewhat contained so kids don’t get stung by it and so the nettle doesn’t completely cover my garden.  Nettle is a very nutritious plant.  It can be eaten in the spring and dried for infusions or tea.  Check out this Nettle YouTube to listen to several herbalists talk about Stinging Nettle.

Stinging Nettle Poem

Cutting down nettle stalks

In the middle of winter

The days are short, the nights are frigid

Small plants growing close to the ground

And yikes! still stinging–In the freezing depths of  winter

Feeling a lasting tingling in my fingers

Remembrances of spring…