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Monday, April 07 2014 10:02

Garden: First Spring Blooms with Addie's Amaryllis

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The first Gardening success of 2014! While Spring is off to the slowest start that I can recall, and there's been a few signs of life beginning to sprout outside, our gardening adventures for the year got started back on February 8, with the arrival of an Amaryllis kit from our friends at Longfield Gardens. Now, if you're a newer reader of THE ROCK FATHER, one that's used to stopping by for your daily dose of pop culture, you might not know it, but Gardening is a HUGE part of our daily routine here at Rock Father HQ - generally from March to November, or whatever the weather here in Northern Illinois will allow. With something like an Amaryllis, starting a bulb inside is a great way to get kids involved with Gardening, by placing something that they can track the progress of every day.

Planting was a breeze, as our kit from Longfield Gardens included everything. The bulb, the dirt, the planter - it's all here. With a little bit of guidance, Addie had it potted and ready to go in no time. And she had to give the bulb a couple of friends in the form of Lambie and Chilly from DOC McSTUFFINS. She said she didn't want it "to get lonely while it's growing."

Planting the bulb...

First growth...We didn't have to wait very long to see some results, as by February 17th, our bulb had sprouted. Keeping the soil moist - but not wet - and with the planter located near a window with a lot of morning-afternoon sun, the Amaryllis really took off.

By March 10, it was in full-bloom, and both Addie and Finn couldn't wait to check it out...

Full Bloom

While it's getting a little late for starting Amaryllis bulbs already (you can start right at New Year's), they're a fantastic project to do with kids, and just because the Amaryllis are wrapping-up, that doesn't mean that similar adventures can't be had. Actually, they're endless, and right now we've got a Begonia Tuber started in our kitchen, and I'll be sharing that with you later this week.

Stay tuned, and Happy Spring!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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