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midnightgardener

Writer. Wildlife lover and keen gardener from Wakefield, with 2 cats; Coco and Henry. A Golden Doodle girl Millie and a little girl Lucy pup 💕💕💕

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midnightgardener

😃Proof taken just now for you Jeff, Glady's Phyllis sister, is still doing well 😊😊❤❤@jeatacake

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jeatacake

Rumours of her demise must have been greatly exaggerated! 😁 Looking great Gladys old thing 😉 ❤👍

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midnightgardener

Hopefully for you friends; this might be the last post of Amaryllis. This is my mums she loves it 😊😊four huge flowers on it and a tiny tiny bud that looks like it might be a baby flower 😊❤❤❤❤#amaryllis

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lilybee

Mine aren't quite there yet - flowers just starting to open. 😊

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anges

They've done really well ❤

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pauline33

Wow it’s lasted ages 👌❤️

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midnightgardener

@lilybee 🐝You're in for a treat then. It amazes me how big they are! Big and incredible. ❤❤

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midnightgardener

@anges @payline33 😊😊This one is my mums but mine's still doing well. I took two faded flowers off at the weekend and I've got 3 flowers out now. It's been magnificent 😊😊❤❤

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anges

I must buy myself one next time 😍

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midnightgardener

@anges You must, you won't be disappointed all the 3 I bought (2 as xmas gifts) have done brilliantly 😊😊

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anges

I often buy my mum a bulb for christmas but have never bought myself one! 😁

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midnightgardener

Here she is in all her glory; this one's Gladys. Phyllis did her bit and bitten the dust until her next flowering 😊😊❤❤@smacks My mums is even better than mine (I should have taken a photo and will) mums has 4 huge flowers out and one in bud 😊😊

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smacks

Can't believe mine have still not bloomed. Just seem to be getting taller. Ah well yours are beautiful stay warm I'll keep you posted 🌷💖🌺@midnightgardener.

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midnightgardener

@smacks Oh no that doesn't make sense how disappointing. I couldn't believe my mums this week. She's had four blooms out at once!! And she's got a tiny bud, an extra bonus. To says hers was way behind mine it all seemed to happen at once. Hers is in a warm room. Are yours? It seems to have done the trick for hers 😊😊

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smacks

Mine are in the kitchen which is warm, I m sure she's about to erupt 😊🌷😍

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midnightgardener

@smacks I hope so John. They're certainly taking their time 😊😊❤❤❤❤

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midnightgardener

I can't believe it Gladys; sister to Phyllis is trying her best to outdo her sibling! I've just noticed 3 buds on her. How she thinks there's room for them all I don't know but we'll see. @smacks 😊😊❤❤#amaryllis

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smacks

As yet there is little progress but will post as soon as I see change. Keep wrapped up its getting colder 😊⛄️@midnightgardener

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midnightgardener

@😊😊Bless you John I'm nice and warm and got my trust Tom cat, Henry napping on my lap. My first two flowers are fading now but, another bud has bloomed (not opened fully) I'll take a pic tomorrow. Another bud close to blooming as well. I've been so lucky with my first Amaryllis ❤❤@smacks you take care too 😊

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midnightgardener

I'm sure Phyllis the Amaryllis is trying to take care she seems to getter bigger each day!!😊😊❤❤❤❤#amaryllis Have a great weekend friends @smacks

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lovemygarden65

❤️❤️❤️

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Venkat

Great weekend, thank you. Hope you had a good one too

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midnightgardener

@Venkat I stayed in apart from taking my mum out yesterday but I'm getting things done and enjoying it. I'm glad you've had a great one 😊😊

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smacks

Looking beautiful is Phyllis I'm sure my nameless lady is about to burst out any day now @midnightgardener . Will keep you updated 🙂😍

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midnightgardener

@smacks Thank you John 😊😊the two are doing nicely and now I've got another two buds showing colour now. So it won't be too long before they bloom. They're amazing I'm so glad I got them; plus two others as gifts. My Aunts is in flower and she sounds really pleased with it. My mum's looks as though that will bloom very soon so that'll be nice for her 😊😊❤❤Looking forward to seeing yours, tag me in please

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midnightgardener

She's really spread her wings today!! 😊😊❤❤❤❤@smacks I hope yours is wonderful when she blooms John

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awomanonabike

How pretty ❤️

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lilybee

That looks fab Christine. I've got two growing but they're not quite there yet!

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midnightgardener

@lilybee 🐝😊😊Thank you! These are my first ones. They really are fantastic although (being a 3 cat owner) and a dog; a friend told me they're toxic to pets!😨Having said that none of them have gone anywhere near it. So far so good. You take some good wildlife pics I just had a look 😊😊❤❤

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lilybee

Sounds like busy household with 3 cats and a dog! There's so many plants that seem to be toxic to animals - think I'd be a nervous wreck checking what they were nibbling on all the time! @midnightgardener

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jeatacake

Phyllis is looking good. Brushes up well! 😍👍

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake Ah there you are you've been quiet of late 😊😊yes she's an icredible size I keep thinking she's going to talk to me!!😃

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jeatacake

Been in hibernation! I've heard of people talking to their plants, but never heard of them talking back, unless it's one from The Little Shop of Horrors! 😂

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake Oh yes feed me Seymore feed me now!!😃

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midnightgardener

Ohh Phyllis you've done me proud indeed 😃❤❤❤❤ I've got two incredible flowers out but it doesn't photograph well showing them together. Her sister bud Gladys is doing well too. @smacks I'll check yours out John she'll be great when she blooms. Got to say they're very top heavy. She was leaning like the Tower of Pisa yesterday I had to bring a garden cane in to straighten her up!😊😊❤❤

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smacks

That's gorgeous Christine @midnightgardener hope mine turn out like this.😍🌺😍🌹🌷😊

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midnightgardener

Todays update on Phyllis 😊😊my next post should hopefully be when she's in full bloom ❤❤❤❤@smacks How's yours doing John 😊😊

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ublaszko

😆😆😆😆😆 Go Phyllis, go!

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midnightgardener

@ublaskzo 😃😃

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midnightgardener

Oh Phyllis you are incredible. More progress!! It's like waiting for a baby to arrive!!😃The tiny split that appeared yesterday is now a real opening. The last time I remember checking enthusiastically for signs; was a couple of years ago when a waiter I know told me to take a Chrysallis home. He told me it would turn brown and then hatch. On the very morning we were due to leave it happened! After days of watching it all of a sudden overnight (the last night) we watched a Butterfly being born

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anges

Not long now 😊

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midnightgardener

@anges 😊😊Apparently so I'm amazed. She must like the conditions in the lounge. I go to Whiyby 2m overnight so it'll most likely be out when I get back ❤❤

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anges

Something to look forward to on your return 😊

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midnightgardener

@anges Yes it is although I wish I was staying another night. I love Whitby 😊😊

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anges

I love Whitby too, and Robin Hood's Bay 🌊🌊🌊 Have a great time ☺

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midnightgardener

Yes it's great there too. Thank you I will 😊😊@anges

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midnightgardener

Ah ha! Can you see; a very small emergence, Phyllis will be with us very soon 😊😊❤❤❤❤

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midnightgardener

@smacks She's getting ready to make an appearance 😊😊

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midnightgardener

Phyllis is unstoppable!! She started leaning so I've secured her and she's showing signs of getting close to opening up!! I think she could be smiling proudly at me before the week's out. I'm very proud of her. The other little sister Gladys is small in comparison. Let's see what happens there's always progress with Phyllis 😃❤❤❤❤

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midnightgardener

Wow! Phyllis the Amaryllis is growing every day. She's doing so well and the taller bud looks as though it won't be too long before she blooms!!😊😊❤❤@smacks How's yours doing John?

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jeatacake

For a second, that background had me fooled into thinking it was now flowering! 😁

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake Not yet honky tonks!😃

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jeatacake

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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midnightgardener

Phyllis has got two heads now!! Good going Phyllis I can't wait to see your beautiful flowers 😊😊#amaryllis ❤❤❤❤

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midnightgardener

Hello friends, meet Phyllis my Amaryllis 😊😊she's doing very well by the look of it. I can't wait to see her bloom. Did anyone else get one for Christmas possibly? ❤❤

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ublaszko

I didn't get any as they don't seem to reflower for me in the 2nd year. Enjoy the flowers! 😍😍

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smacks

I invested in a couple of these,they are coming to life now. Will post a pick later 😊

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linfoster

Mine have only ever flowered the first year @ublaszko 🙄 debating whether or not to bin them!

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ublaszko

I think you need to have the right conditions to prepare the bulb to reflower but I don't really have a cool dark room to force it. To be honest, forced bulbs never come back as good as the first year so I stopped buying them and instead I invest in garden books to keep me entertained through winter. @linfoster

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midnightgardener

@smacks Oh do post a pic that would be nice to see. My mum and dad used to have one years ago and it came back year after year. So this is my first one we'll see what happens. It's looking healthy at the mo ☺☺

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midnightgardener

@linfoster Lin don't lose hope. I've just learned that after the first flowering they can take another 2 years before they flower again. I'm sure the one my mum had flowered year on year. Keep it and see you might just get a lovely surprise in a year or so 😊😊

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linfoster

Oh thanks @midnightgardener 👍🏻🤗

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