The box stated "Plant by Thanksgiving, Flowers by Christmas," and dang if it wasn't true. When I posted this Amaryllis's buds two days ago, I really didn't think they would bloom so quickly. These three blossoms opened up Friday afternoon, Christmas Eve day. I shot the photo above in the east-facing window the plant has been growing in. Below, I brought the plant outside to see how it looked in natural light. I added some color to the composition with the painted base of one of my new pieces and the plaid paint treatment on my porch rocker. The additional colors and patterns contrast perfectly with the red and white stripes of the petals. Both photos are clickable thumbnails, as always.