Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Some people never learn

On almost every visit to Amsterdam, I take a look at the Flower Market. Much of what it sells is irrelevant to the space-challenged flat-dweller, however impressive and/or beautiful, or just too exotic or weird to be practical. But quite often, the prospect of growing a large and multi-flowered hippeastrum (amaryllis) just can't be resisted: and this time was no exception. Every time I've done this in the past, I've picked out a bulb from the box labelled with what they call the picotee type (a fine red border to otherwise pure white petals) - but, whether it's careless labelling, careless packing or people picking things up and putting them back in the wrong box, probably only on two occasions did the flowers I was expecting appear.

And it's turned out the same this time: but the results are still pretty impressive, don't you think (even if my window-cleaning isn't)?

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