Our amaryllis has just burst into bright red blooms. The red is a nice contrast with the white snow falling outside and is just in time for tomorrow’s Valentine celebration. These dramatic flowers never cease to impress around here. Amaryllis start as a dried brown bulb and in a matter of weeks shoot up three-foot stalks and throw open huge flowers. We dropped one off in Ada’s class this week and plan to have the kids make pencil and watercolor nature studies once their amaryllis is in bloom. Ada did a similar project with paperwhites last year. White Flower Farm is a good source for a variety of forced bulbs.