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CALLA LILY: WEEK FIVE

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Happy Friday to you all from the hot, but beautiful Adirondack mountains in upstate New York! It looks like we have totally skipped right from winter to summer, with temps in the 80’s over the past two days! I wont complain though because at least it’s not twenty below zero and we are able to go out amd about.

At week number five, my Callas are nineteen and a half inches at their tallest peak, and there are now three d7stinct flowers with a couple more on the way! The first flower to bloom is the one on the left and it still looks just as beautiful and vibrant as day one!

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in America, that we honor ours lost in  battles. Take the time to thank a vet, and to take a moment to remember those who paod the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is not just about barbecues and beers!

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Calla Lily Week Four

My Calla Lily has hit the four week mark since sprouting, and is an impressive 16″ tall now! That’s an incredible average of 4″ of growth per week! Calla is definately getting her first bloom, as you can see! It is ever amazing for me to have the blessing of watching the beauty unfurl! Stay tuned next week for Calla’s next update (and hopefully a new flower!)

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Growing Like a Weed

Happy Friday all! I’m just killing some time with a blog post until I get more writing assignments (more on my freelancing efforts to be discussed in a future post!) and thought I’d write a little update on my Calla Lilies.

The first pic was taken this morning, just two short weeks after sprouting (shown in the second pic) and I just cannot believe how quickly they are growing. The stalks are already five inches tall, and there are a couple more little sproutlings growing  as well. I read that Calla Lilies are slow to grow and bloom, taking up to two years to mature and bloom. At the rate these Callas are going, I couldn’t imagine them taking that long to bloom, but we shall see.

A year ago, if you had told me that I would have 15 plants in my living room, I would have thought that a crazy notion, being that I’ve never had a green thumb. To be frank, I never really TRIED to be a green thumb. Sure, I loved plants, but I was happier watching others grow them.

Then last September while visiting my parents in Connecticut, my mom gave me a clipping that she had grown from her Ivy plant. I was so excited to have just that one plant, because it meant a lot to me that my mom thought of me enough to start me a plant.

My mom warned me that gardening is addictive and I laughed. I though, “ha ha, not ME, not THIS girl who has barely ever had a plant in her life!” Then winter happened, and I got caught up in the excitement of watching my Ivy grow, and I needed more. The more I was trapped inside and suffering cabin fever, the more I wanted plants to liven up my  living room to ease the winter blues, if even for a little.

Fast forward to now, and my fifteen plants. With each plant that I have brought home, I have researched to learn how to care for them. Plants are like people, that each have different needs. Some plants need more light and water than others. Some grow a lot faster than others, (speaking of which, I have also learned that jade trees take a long time to grow. While I can understand this, I am happy to report that Jade has been thriving being in the direct sunlight in the windows, and she has many new leaves that have been growing for the past few weeks) and some plants are just somewhere in the middle. All in all, no matter what plants need what care, I am very happy to have them all in my care! 🙂

 

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Calla Lily: Week Two

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Purple Sensation Calla Lily: Two Weeks after Planting

Exactly two weeks ago, I planted my Calla Lily bulb that I got for Easter. I was nervous and apprehensive about them growing, as I have never planted any type of flowers like this before. Within nine short days it sprouted, just in time for Earth Day! The instructions had said that the bulb should sprout within two weeks, so they seem to be a little ahead of schedule.

See the recap of the first two weeks of my Purple Sensation Calla Lily https://sway.com/s/5kPEsCgL1IE8q78D/embed and let me know what you think of the new Sway app from Office. I like it so far and thought my Callas would be a perfect test subject for my first Sway project.

Fun little fact about Calla Lilies: They are neither a Calla, OR a Lily, and they are native to South Africa. They make excellent houseplants and beautiful decoration for an outside garden, though considered to be a very invasive species. See more details about the Calla Lily here.

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Nature PhoChal Day 7: Earth Day and Calla Lilies

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“Calla Lily Sproutling”

Happy Earth Day to you all! I hope that you are all going to get out and do some “earthy” stuff today! I am so excited beyond words this morning, to wake up and see the glorious sight above: my Calla lilies sprouted overnight, after just nine short days! I am such a proud flower mama right now! I think these lilies could not have picked a better day to make their entrance into this world!

So begins my journey with my Calla lily (which coincidently, is not actually a lily) and I can safely say that now that they have successfully started to grow. I am excited for future photo ops and the great thing is, I’ve been researching what to do to keep the lilies going year after year!

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Enter: The Calla Lily

 

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Calla Lily Starter

I received this beautiful Calla Lily kit for Easter, and thought that today would be a perfect day to start it, being that the weather is finally going to let up and be more like spring. I have never tried to grow a flower from seed (or bulb, as in this case) and I am very excited and nervous about it. I have no idea how long it should take for the lily to sprout, but once it does, I have a perfect place for it to get the 6-10 hours of daylight a day! For now, it has to just be in a bright area, not in direct sunlight.

So begins my venture with my Calla Lily! I not only look forward to having some new lilies soon, I look forward to the photo ops that shall accompany them! I have never seen these lilies before and I am curious as to how they smell, like if they have a strong floral fragrance like my Easter Lily did. Time soon shall tell!