An Amaryllis for Arlee…

Well we are off and running…It’s the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!  This is my third year to participate in the A-Z Challenge.

Welcome to my little piece of the blogosphere.  This will be my third year to participate in the challenge.  I hope to experience the world through your A-Z postings!

Arlee Bird this flower is for you!!!  Thank you for hosting the challenge.  What a great way to experience the world… one letter at a time.

A is for Amaryllis

The amaryllis is a flowering bulb which originated in the subtropical regions of the Americas.  Amaryllis blooms in warm seasons, producing stalks ranging from twelve to twenty-four inches tall. The stalks each have up to six flowers which can be red, pink, white or variegated.  The amaryllis was discovered in Peru in June of 1867.

The Greek story of Amaryllis reveals her as a shepherdess who loved a shepherd possessing the strength of Hercules, and the beauty of Apollo. He was called Alteo, and he loved only flowers. He desired a woman who would bring him a new flower. Amaryllis, in an effort to capture his love, appeared at Alteo’s door each night for thirty days, dressed in white. With each appearance she pierced her heart with a golden arrow. On her final appearance, Alteo at last opened his door to find a beautiful crimson flower, created from the blood of Amaryllis’s heart.

The amaryllis bulb’s claim to fame is its ability to bloom for up to 75 years, proof of the determination and pride that this flower has come to symbolize.

I would also like to thank all of the dedicated A-Z Blogger Co-Hosts…Here’s to a month of A-Zing!!!

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Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out
Damyanti Biswas at Amlokiblogs
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Tina Downey at Life is Good
DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude 2.0
Jeremy Hawkins at Retro-Zombie
Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse
Matthew MacNish at The QQQE
Konstanz Silverbow at No Thought 2 Small

Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs
Livia Peterson at Leave it to Livia
L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick’s Tips
Nicole at The Madlab Post

Read more: History of the Amaryllis Flower | Garden Guides

Read more: Meaning of an Amaryllis | Garden Guides


Filed under 2013 Photo Journal, Blogging Challenges, Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge, Nature

6 responses to “An Amaryllis for Arlee…

  1. Hi. Quick question. Where is you link tool and how and where do I put it on my post? I really want to participate in the challenge but I’m lost on the first day! LOL
    Thank you:)

  2. Visitng from the A-Z challenge. Cute dogs! I never heard that story about the amaryllis before.

    • Janet thanks for stopping by…those are my “girls” and my “shadows”…they keep me company while I write. Learning new things is one of the things I enjoy about blogging…the research that is required to write a post as well as learning from the posts of other bloggers.

  3. tvonzalez

    What a gorgeous Amaryllis! I had a deep maroon one – but I killed it with kindness.

    Popped by from the AtoZ Challenged.

    • I find the amaryllis is more like a cat…just leave them alone and they will take care of themselves. I hope you will give them another try someday. They are so incredibly beautiful and show up just in time to welcome the new season. Best of luck on the A-Z Challenge. Thanks for popping by…

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