Last year, a friend gave us an Amaryllis in a pot. It grew enormous and produced the most magnificent flowers. But it caused trouble!
It seemed to spray pollen in clouds – literally clouds – that clogged the Furlong dog’s hair into sticky tangles and caused much scratching and desperate grooming on his part. The Furlong dog is a standard Yorkshire Terrier, so he does not have fur, only hair – and he likes to look nice.
This year, we got given another – it looks as if it’s going to be a stunner.
But thoughts about what we could do to stop the entangled dog syndrome have entered my mind, because another friend brought these beautiful St Joseph s lilies round as a thank you gift.
Other people snip the stamens out to stop them staining stuff. But, to me, that really spoils their beauty. So I snipped one – and it has transformed into a pale, insignificant thing, And for two others, I sprayed the stamens with hair spray. If it’s good enough to “fix” pastels, in art, it might “fix” the pollen….
So I’m not going to snip – I’m going to spray.