Tiptoe Through the Tulips . . . [UPDATED]

January 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm (By Amba)

. . . antagonize through the amaryllis.

My best friend from high school sent the basket with the bulbs for Christmas.  All I had to do was add water, and KA-POW!!

J is looking unhappy only because I’m shooing Buzzy away.  It’s for his own good.  Buzzy wants to eat an amaryllis and I’m afraid it may be toxic.  The amaryllis have the guest room all to themselves.

UPDATE: Nance, in the comments, makes the excellent suggestion to invite captions.  So???


  1. Ron said,

    Yow! What a huge plant!

  2. Nance said,

    This picture is classic and should be allowed to inspire short fiction…or, at least, encourage your followers to make up captions.

  3. PatHMV said,

    Quick internet search says that eating amaryllis can cause vomiting and other digestive irregularities in cats, in addition to other symptoms. Sure has beautiful flowers, though!

  4. amba12 said,

    Ron: Sorta “little shop of horrors,” eh?

    Pat: thanks for looking it up so I didn’t have to! (deadlining) So I did remember reading something like that. I’m not just a high-paw-chondriac.

  5. Ron said,

    Ouch! I’ll just assume RAA wrote that one…

  6. PatHMV said,

    Incidentally, Annie, I started reading The Carpathian Caper 2 nights ago. Not very far yet, up to the point where the fictional character, “Jacques,” is just beginning to ask questions about who is responsible for torturing his father, while his mother is telling him to leave that alone. I presume the “caper” will involve how he enacts a just revenge. Enjoying it so far!

  7. wj said,

    I’m thinking something like
    “You aren’t going to start pumping music I hate thru those huge speakers, are you?”

  8. Ron said,

    “Amaryllis? I didn’t know flowers came from a specific city in Texas!”

  9. PatHMV said,

  10. amba12 said,

    WJ — I think they look like loudspeakers too!

    Pat — re Carpathian Caper — keep the words “apprentice work” in mind. I’m much happier to “own” the later one we did, Brains & Brawn. You can read some of it on Google Books there. I’ve promised to send you that when I get my boxes unpacked (if that day ever comes).

  11. pathmv said,

    Hey, I like it so far!

    I do like the cover art for Brains & Brawn. And I particularly enjoy the disclaimer on the back cover of that book: “Any resemblance between authors and main characters is… well…” At least you changed your names for that one! ;-)

  12. amba12 said,

    Pat: As long as you’re having fun! If you stop having fun,don’t feel obligated.

    Wj — the kind of loudspeakers that are about to blare, “Franzosen, Einwohner von Paris! Franzosen, Einwohner von Paris!”

  13. pathmv said,

    Well, with the bright red color, they look a bit cheerier than German loudspeakers announcing that the Huns have reached the outskirts of Paris and will soon restore order.

    I think they look more like the horn from an old Victrola.

    Really, they induce in my mind thoughts of a Fantasia-esque Disney cartoon, where the flowers come alive as Jazz instrumentalists or something.

  14. amba12 said,

    Queen Mab’s loudspeakers, from a period production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

  15. Ruth Anne said,

    I see Amaryllis and I think of the little girl who took piano lessons from Marian the Librarian in ‘The Music Man’….and little Ronnie Howard who lisped the cootie out of that name.

    Thumthin’ thpethial just for me.

  16. Icepick said,

    Caption: “So you got a problem with gardening?” [Going for a Lawrence Tierney kind of vibe – I imagine that would be easy for J to pull off]

  17. wj said,

    Annie, I guess we just go back far enough to remember the old RCA Victor logo. The one with a little dog listening to “His Master’s voice” — from a gramaphone which looked just like those. (Surely none of us go back far enough to have actually listened to one of those ourselves!)

  18. Ron said,

    wj — the dog was named Nipper. When RCA tried to update him with his ‘grandson’ who watched plasma tv’s they named that dog…. Chipper.

  19. wj said,

    I’ve never been convinced that changing the company logo was all that useful. But trying to just update the existing one is almost certain to be counterproductive. RCA would have been smarter to put their energy into updating their product lines.

  20. Norma said,

    Mine arrived Dec. 3 and bloomed in mid-January I think. Beautiful for about 8 or 9 days. Then I misread the directions (don’t cut off the leaves), so It has left the house. Brown thumb.

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