Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vintage Garden?

Somewhat, you decide!!
I received three of these Amaryllis bulbs from my sweet MIL about 38 years ago.
I think that makes them vintage
Would you say they multiply like rabbits. For about 30 years I have been sharing these beautiful bulbs with neighbors and friends. You ride down our street in Spring and you see their relatives everywhere.

Sweet Hazel, my MIL, gave me the Saint Joseph's lilies at the same time.

Just awakening!

Let's see what's blooming out back.
The fence has only been up for two years. These Nikko Hydrangeas are 24 years old. They are all that remain of 30 hydrangeas we planted, in the wooded area, behind the fence. We had visions of a beautiful botanical garden. The deer had other ideas. We live in an area where the deer come onto your porch to eat your potted impatients.
These were saved by being transfered behind the large azaleas.

I had forgotten this little baby was still here.

Isn't this just perfect? These babies have been struggling for over 20 years also.
Don't know how this little guy got over to the gate. Think he is trying to make a getaway?
A gift from my youngest daughter several years ago.
 I was able to force it that Christmas and planted it outside in the spring.

I love these wrought iron garden armatures with the hummingbird top.

These followed me home from "Cheekwood Botanical Gardens" in Nashville, Tn.
They keep company with the real sippers that are always buzzing around.
Peek inside for just a moment!
Did you ever think about a bouquet of amaryllis?
This is my tablescape this week. Thursday I will be at

The flowers are vintage, sort of. The crochet piece is vintage. It was made by my dear Momma. The pattern is called milk glass. I can see it, can't you? You can see more of her work HERE
I have been shy this last week, getting ready for family Easter dinner. It was the first large meal I had prepared in over five weeks. My son and two of my grandsons had dinner with Bob and me.
We had a blessed holiday and I hope you did as well.
I hope to get the cast off this Thursday. They first wanted to set up the appointment on Friday. OH NO, I say, I will be at the Royal Wedding on Friday.
See you there!
As for now I am joining the following gracious hostesses:


Farah Muzaffar said...

Oh Ginger what a treasure you have really.... I never saw the bed of Amaryllis... simply gorgeous ... No match to the cololur, combination, fragrance of flowers than any other thing... What a beautiful surrounding you have...
Hope you would like to pay a visit to me at

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

You don't see the Amaryllis grow outside like that here, it's beautiful! Lovin' your mom's pretty doily Ginger and have fun at both the rose festival and the wedding:@) said...

Hi Ginger, the amaryllis are commonly known as hippeastrums down here. Your garden is stunning. I just read out to my husband that you have deer that come up onto your porch! How amazing! We don't have deer here, although, when it's really, really dry here, on a rare occasion we've seen kangaroos down the road!
Suzy xxx

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You sure have a green thumb! Just gorgeous.

Terry said...

I adore gardens and yours is one that I enjoyed visiting. Loved the stories and seeing the beauty. Thanks for sharing with ME!

Babs said...

Ginger, your amaryllis are gorgeous. I've never planted them outside, but would love having them in the garden. Are you zone 8 in Savannah? Isn't is lovely having "pass along" plants and remembering those who gave them to us?
Thanks for sharing your beautiful amaryllis and garden. Love it.

mississippi artist said...

Your amaryllis are just beautiful. I wish mine woould spread like that.Mine are blooming too, though the horrible storm last night may have flattened them.

Donnie said...

I have one amaryllis that my mil gave me and it loves the soil in western NC. It blooms beautifully but has never multiplied. It's only been in the ground 3 years though. Your photos are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

OH!....what lovely flowers you have Gran,I knew you had a green florist thumb!..and your photo's are fantastic,what kind of camera do you use?
Glad the cast is coming off!..I know you are too!
Lazy on Loblolly

The Quintessential Magpie said...


Those flowers are magnificent! Just breathtaking. How blessed you are to have them. I love the colors!

And I am laughing so hard about you getting your cast off on Thursday instead of Friday! Yes, girl. I do understand as nothing is going to stand in the way of me and my television set that day. LOL! If only you lived closer, we could watch together!!!

Have fun seeing all the pretty roses. I adore flowers. You can say the word flower to me, and my heart just leaps!


Sheila :-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These flowers are so gorgeous! They take my breath away. How wonderful to have these in your garden. I too will be at the Royal Wedding Friday! hugs, Linda

Laura Wilkerson said...

Ms. Ginger,
Those amaryllis' are just beatiful just like you! Have fun at the rose festival and take lots of pictures!

It's Just Dottie said...

My amaryllis bulbs are also blooming. My daughter gives me a few bulbs every Christmas.
I have them spread out in my garden. After looking at your photos I think I need to move them closer together.

Vicki said...

Hi Ginger!
What beautiful blooms you have! I am jealous that you are already enjoying such a wonderful garden. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully soon I will be seeing some in my garden.

Beverly said...

Those blooms are just absolutely gorgeous. I wonder if they would live here?

I'm glad you had a nice Easter with your family.

Good luck with the cast. I'll be watching on Friday, too.

Karen said...

Ginger they are beautiful. I love Amaryllis. Your flower arrangement looks so pretty. It's nice to be able to get flowers right from the garden.

Emily said...

Your Amaryllis took my breath away, what a show. Wish I were your neighbor to get some of those beauties. Loved all of your floral photos, a treat.

The French Hutch

Shelia said...

Hi Ginger! I wish you the best with that ole cast!
Now your flowers are so beautiful! Wow, you do have alot. The vase inside with the Amaryllis is just so pretty! :) I do believe not just do you have a green thumb but an entire green arm! :)
Glad you had a wonderful Easter.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Those are some gorgeous flowers Ginger! I have never seen any that color. I have some red one out front and I was wondering if they need to be divided? I'm not sure how to tell. Sorry about your hydrangeas. I lost some last year and a few are coming back. They are small though from so much winter damage. Take care!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady your flowers are so Beautiful Ginger. Sweet lady send us some rain down to Texas ~~~ No rain for over two months now. We are watering ever day now !!! Today it was 93 and this is only April.
I hope you have a Great Week.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Ginger, what gorgeous blooms. Love them. I have got to get busy in the yard. Thanks for joining the party.


Oh Ginger, what a gorgeous bed of Amaryllis! It's gorgeous and all the other flowers are just coming on too! Thanks for sharing and congrats on winning the book give away...I was lucky too!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh My Goodness Ginger, What eye candy! Those flowers are gorgeous. And the bouquet on your table is beautiful. You folks that live where it is warm are so lucky. Spring has not arrived where I am in the north and I am getting really impatient. Good luck on getting your cast off. . I wouldn't go on Friday either, I will be at the royal wedding also. I can hardly wait. Thanks for sharing your loveliness. Karie

Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

Wow, you created a botanical Amaryllis show with the most gorgeous photos. We've seen that many Amaryllis in Indonesia when we lived on the Island of Java. They kept them for Christmas to decorate the Church. So I'm used to masses of them but you got quite a show. Great that they do naturalize so well, even trying to get past the gate... That vase is incredible and I did see your Mama Vivian's crocheted gloves for you! She was talented.

Lots of love,

Mariette said...

Hi Ginger, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. The 'roos only eat grasses. They can be quite nasty, you can't usually get near the wild ones, they bounce off, but the ones in petting zoos and the like can get cranky if you stop feeding them, they lean back on their tails and kick with their huge feet. We had a laugh about the dog and goat you told us about. So funny as we have a gorgeous golden retriever ourselves. How frustrating it must be to have deer when they do SO much damage!

Suzy xxx

LV said...

I have a few of these, but nothing to compare to yours. Absolutely gorgeous. What I like, they are hardy and come back every year. Very pretty post.

Katherines Corner said...

Oh how beautiful! I love all of your lovely "vintage" amaryllis. Big Hugs my bloggy friend.
P.S. I added your button to my blog love page :-)

Marigene said...

Wow, they make a stunning bouquet!

Ann said...

Spectacular vintage flower beds. Sharing with neighbors and friends makes it so special.

Sherry said...

Hi Ginger,
Your flowers are beautiful! They make a perfect bouquet!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I never knew these would multiply and grow like this! I am so impressed.. Cute that you see relatives all around.

Christa said...

Okay, so why aren't my amaryllis that pretty? About five years ago, my FIL gave me about 50 bulbs that had been in an Aunt's garden. I planted them in full sun. Every year, I get a few green leaves, but no blooms. What is the secret? Yours are so beautiful!

His Way or Her Way said...

The pictures are wonderful of the beautiful flowers! I wish I had the knack. I am now following you and hope you'll visit our blog soon!


Sunny said...

Goodmorning! Your Lilies are beautiful! I admire your garden! Nice work!! I love your blog. Thank you for visiting me...and following, you are most kind. I only want to manage 1 blog, but haven't learned how to make folders into one :( I am glad your Easter was wonderful, it looks grand. I just want to jump over to the table! Have a wonderful weekend, off to school..but home to watch the wedding asap!!

Kathleen said...

Ginger, your flowers are beautiful!
I hear you about the deer. Why don't they eat weeds or even grass! We use Deer Out, smells like mint, and it works. Every 2 months you have to spray, but it has saved my hydrangeas!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

All your blooms are beautiful!!! I especially love that you have the Amaryllis bulbs from your MIL and that they multiplied like that!!! Oh! this week has been so busy, with little blog I am so very late in coming by to say thank you so very much, my friend, for stopping and visiting at my blog! So, will you be at the Savannah Rose Festival again this weekend?

And it sounds like you all had a lovely family Eater dinner!

Blessings & Aloha!

Ann said...

Wonderful photographs as always.
I hope you watched every minute of the Royal Wedding and enjoyed it as much as I did. I just love the pomp and ceremony. You can see a quick clip over on my blog.
Happy week when you finally get your cast off

Entertaining Women said...

Your beautiful flowers are like glorious jewels for your Easter celebration. Thank you for sharing them with us. Cherry Kay

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your amaryllis are simply stunning. I have never seen that many together at one time. And the color is so pretty and sassy!
Your garden must be the envy of the neighborhood.
What a lovely post!

Alycia Nichols said...

What?!?!??!!! You can actually grow amaryllis and calla lilies there??? Outdoors??? OK, this move is looking a little better to me now. Wow! I love both of those flowers, but we can't grow them here in Missouri because our winters are so harsh. Oh, my goodness! This is such great news! It's amazing how the few bulbs your MIL gave you have flourished into such a fabulous abundance!!! Cool!!!!!!!!!

Terrie said...

Hi Ginger, me again. I see you now on my list. Thank you. Flowers are pretty and your house is so cozy. Will follow your blog. Surely will enjoy viewing.

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