Friday, March 10, 2023

Nature Friday

 This happened on Wednesday.   Mom says that I'm self-mutilating again.    I lick in between one of my pads until it's raw and then I limp and can barely walk.   I'm back in my sock until mom feels it's safe to take it off.   This is not the first time it's happened and I'm sure it won't be the last.  

The hyacinths are beginning to come alive!  Mom can't wait to bury her nose in them and sniff their beautiful fragrance♥
A very nice lady who reads my blog named Miss Diane sent us this email.

Dear Molly,

Please tell your Mom that your amaryllis is going to bloom again, bud is out of bulb so it will attempt to bloom regardless of your preferences. Give it water and light just as you did before and enjoy the second stem and blooms.

The usual recommendation is to allow your amaryllis to grow until fall before you force it to sleep. Or just let it keep growing year round. The leaves need to keep growing to rebuild the bulb after blooming. I let mine amaryllis grow constantly, never force sleep, and they have had long lives blooming every year. The leaves need to grow to make energy to make future flower buds. Mine just finished blooming second stem.


Some amaryllis varieties routinely send up two or sometimes three flower stems so please don’t be quick to withhold water and trim off leaves.

Amaryllis Care After Blooming

  • After flowering, your bulb is exhausted. If you want flowers next year (many people prefer simply to purchase new bulbs every fall), you must allow it to rebuild itself.
  • When the last bloom fades, cut off the flower stalk 3-5" above the bulb, but do not cut off the leaves. They produce food that will be stored in the bulb.
  • Put your plant in a sunny window, preferably one that is south-facing.
  • Water when the top inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch, and begin fertilizing with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month.
  • When the danger of frost has passed in spring, set the pot outdoors in full sun or knock the bulb out of its pot and plant it in the ground in a sunny location.
  • In fall—we often wait until frost blackens the leaves—bring the bulb indoors, cut off the foliage just above the bulb, and store it dry in a cool (55°F), dark place such as a basement for 8-10 weeks.
  • Then pot (or repot) the bulb and water it. Thereafter, keep the potting mix almost dry until new growth emerges, and follow the instructions under "Pre-bloom Care."
  • Amaryllis bulbs can rebloom once or sometimes twice a year for decades if they receive proper care and are repotted as they grow.

We think that it's just leaves this time and no flower~~
Thank you so much, Miss Diane.   You are a wealth of information and we really appreciate this!

Happy Friday, everybuddy!

Love ya lots♥


  1. Molly, we love your hyacinths, and also your helpful blog reader Miss Diane. But please, oh please, do try very hard to stop licking your poor paw.
    Nobby (and Gail).

  2. Hope your paw heals quickly!!
    Yes, as I said, let your amaryllis bloom...don't hold it back.

  3. Dear Miss Molly ~ please do not put more "hurties" on your pretty paw or you won't be able to enjoy your walkabouts! We sure do love your socks tho! (paws up to your Mom on the beautiful springtime banner)

  4. Woo have to leave your paw be - otherwise you might not be able to go play in your SNOW!

    That was very nice of The Nice Diane Lady to tell you about the 'Ami plant -
    Khousin E says Diane's are pretty good people -

    And we LOVE your SPRING colored header!

    Stay safe - and STAY AWAY FROM THAT PAW!


  5. We're sorry to hear you hurt your paw, Molly. Our paws are crossed that you don't have to wear that sock for very long.

  6. Oh Molly darlin' I'm sorry about your paw. I can kinda understand though we are both allergic to many varieties of pollen. For the next month or so we'll be itching and sneezing and OMDs does my nose itch
    Watching the bulb is a good activity to keep you from licking
    Hugs and love you lots

  7. Lulu: "Aww, Molly, I'm sorry your foot has the itchies or whatever is making you lick it. But your little sock is so cute! If you put one on the other foot it will look like you're just being fashionable!"

  8. We are also sorry about your owie paw, and hope it feels better.

    We are also happy your Mama got some great advice about the amaryllis!
    Rosy & Sunny

  9. I can't wait to see your amaryllis bloom again!

    I hope your foot gets better soon, Molly. Angel Joey dog used to spend a lot of time licking his feet. But never enough to make him limp.

  10. Sweetest Molly, I'm sorry you have to wear that sock again and I sure hope you quit biting yourself, Hey, Diane is filled with wonderful flower power. I also need to tell you I love your beautiful header pic!

  11. I hope you heal up fast and avoid the temptation of your yummy paws

  12. Molly - we hope you get some better treats so you don't have to keep licking your paw. POTP. Lee and Phod

  13. Ouch!! Foot ouchies are so bad because you can't not use them. Samba had a cyst between her toes and Lola had a spider bite between hers. Of course they both chewed them and made them much worse. Boston will try to keep his big paws crossed for yours to heal quickly.

  14. Hi Molly! Our Airedale cousin Jewel is having trouble with her toes too! She too is wearing socks and can't go for walks. We send you healing purrs. We still have snow (we had some new stuff this morning), so no spring flowers YET, bet we are hopeful! Keep being awesome and Purrayers for your toes! Marvelous Marv

  15. Kelly, Eldest's Airedale used to do this and cause problems with her skin. We are fortunate that Treacle and so far Coco has not done this, although both of them bite their claws!!!! We hope you feel better soon Molly. Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx