In January, the desire to work with green plants increases, especially for those of us who live in parts of the country with cold winters. Making a comeback are terrariums . . . plants growing in a semi-enclosed environment that retains moisture and higher levels of humidity. Glass containers are most often used. Adding animals or stones add to the whimsy of the presentation. Water is added sparingly.
I used to dismiss alstromeria as a “super market” flower sold with unopened, unimpressive blooms. Now I have a lot of admiration for the flower also known as the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas. Given a chance, alstroemeria open to a striking yet delicate bloom and last for more than a week, maybe ten days. The pink and white blooms here are more than a week old and still look fresh! If you are looking for an economical way to create a pretty bouquet, be sure to consider alstromeria!