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March 24, 2007

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.

Posted by Kathy on March 24, 2007 11:11 AM


So pretty!

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?

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.

How very clever!

Love your photos! Aren't flowers just about the most inpirational of all His creations?

Yes, a great idea for the vases full of straight needles I never use!

Ingenious! The amaryllis is gorgeous.

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!

Who ever said that knitters are not resourceful never met you. What a smart idea!

woah! what did you feed that thing?

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.

Beautiful flowers and a great use for strait needles!

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!!

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

Needles, they aren't just for knitting! What a beautiful amarillys!

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.


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.)

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...

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.

Great eye candy, two days in a row!

Spring is really coming..thank god.

Muy bonitas flores!

I love amaryllis! Thank you for sharing your lovely flowers.

Clever! And thanks for the lovely pictures.

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

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

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

Very pretty, such a great idea to use your needles, it'll add a little pizazz to the already beautiful flowers.

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

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!

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.

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!

Beautiful - spring must be on the way!

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 . . .

It's stunning.

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.

Just goes to show. Knitting = Multivarious.

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!

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!

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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