A little while ago, I posted a picture of my amaryllis that had bloomed in its box, before it was every planted.
Now, it blooms from its pot, a pretty little piece of summer in this long, cold winter.
I received a flower bulb in a box for Christmas, and finally found the time to take it out and plant it. I was looking forward to a fresh spring amaryllis amid these dark winter days.
So imagine my surprise when I opened the box and it had already grown.
The bulb had sprouted a flower – which had subsequently died – without ever having been planted, watered, or given light.
It was a strange and beautiful (because even in death, the petals retained their lovely markings) surprise.