The occasion was a friend’s surprise 60th birthday party. We were asked if we would host a dozen guests for a sit-down dinner in our home and of course we agreed. This had to a be a super special dinner and the table had to be dressed appropriately for the event. First up, an easy idea for those of you that want something fresh on the dinner table, but don’t want to hassle of “arranging” flowers….
Hit the flower markets, plant nurseries or Manila Seedling Bank in Quezon City and if you are lucky, acquire several pots of blooming amaryllis such as these ones…
…with an interesting light color and tinges of pink. This would set the tone for the rest of the flowers on the table. I wasn’t feeling too well, so I was thinking of just placing five amaryllis plants (bulb and plant and bloom) in five simple vases and using those as the centerpieces for dinner.
Carefully pull the bulb out of the potting medium (this is very easy to do) and clean up the bulb with a garden hose to remove any bits of soil or much on the bulb. You can peel back a layer of the onion like skin to expose a “cleaner” looking bulb. Keep all the roots intact as well. Then into an appropriate simple straight glass vase, add water and stick the bulb in. That’s it!
It looks really cool. The water magnifies the bulb, the flower is happy as can be, and this set up can last a couple of days or so. If you want to save the bulb, use this set up for a dinner and the next day plant the bulb back into the potting medium. Oh, and one last tip. If your blooms are crooked, just place the amaryllis outdoors when the sun is overhead (for an hour or two) and the stems seem to straighten out and “seek” the sun… making it easier to arrange them uniformly on a dinner table. It doesn’t get much easier than that… :)