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AMARYLLIS by morning....





some of my amaryllis have been blooming in our yard!!! I'm always thrilled with these as my mother had them in our home in Colorado...blooming in the winter; indoors...now I have them OUTside!!! Makes me think of her each and every year, I know she'd love to see them. The leaves remain evergreen throughout the year, but they only bloom once, around Easter [or Early Spring] each year.




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As y'all have read on my posts, I do like to pay a visit to those who stop by and leave me a comment. A few months ago, like...back in January, as y'all know this by now also, Blogger finally infused the 'reply' to comments on our comment forms. And I was thrilled!!! Altho, some had difficulties in actually leaving a comment, I think by now that Blogger has 'fixed the bug' and most can now leave a word or two after visiting. Now, you ask..."Anni? Why are you so thrilled about this 'threaded comments' being enabled in Blogger"? Simple...it helps me keep track of my repaying them THEIR visit. The threaded comments [reply tag] is more or less for MY benefit. When you leave a comment here, if there are comments above yours, you may have noticed I respond with the reply link. I do this for my own 'system and how I work'. You see, after I click on the commentors link from my form, I then will make a note under that comment in the reply ---by doing this ritual, I know that I visited them!!! If there is no reply from me, I know that I need to get my hiney over there and say hello and reciprocate their kindness ---it's just good protocol. It helps me immensely having this 'new' response system! Finally...an easier way to keep track of visits paid. At least for me, that is. And, I'm taking great advantage of it. Now, I do realize that most bloggers do not take the time to return and read if I responded or not...which is okay...I just like to make use of something good.

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  1. That first amaryllis photo is just gorgeous! It's so neat that they were originally from your Mom.
    I haven't made use of the new commenting thread, but I like the way you use it!

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    1. It helps me....see? Now I know I have repaid your visit by adding my words below your comment. hehehehe

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  2. Sometimes, with a few people that I know use the comment replies, I visit again to see what is said, but mostly I forget. I should be more organized! I love the amaryllis - I have about 6 of them that are ready to pop open...one of my favorites has given birth to a few others...it is red and white stripes. I will post photos when it blooms!

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    1. Can't wait to see 'em in bloom.

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  3. Your flowers are very pretty. I love my yard and flowers. I learn so much from reading your post about the blogging business. I know so little. I appreciate all the information you furnish. I just need to know how to use the new posting method that they are forcing on us. In time, I will have to change or not blog. I do not understand it at all. Always happy when you drop by.

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    1. Oh no....don't stop blogging. I love your posts.

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  4. I rarely go back to read if a comment has been left on my comment. It's all I can do to keep up as it is, but I always appreciate your comments on my blogs. But you know, if it gets to be a burden, I can probably live without a comment or two. :-) We all have ways we use Blogger, and they all work (although Blogger doesn't always).

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    1. I never do myself...but for my blog, the only way I keep track of re-paying visits, is by jotting a short reply. Like this one.

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  5. The flowers are So Beautiful! I do love flowers taken with the Macro setting, it shows such a detailed view.

    I like the comment reply, and I enjoy seeing a reply to a comment I have left. It lets me know that the person has indeed read my comment and taken the time to reply to it. It is a great way to keep up with who you have visited too!

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    1. Like I said, I was so pleased to finally have the comment reply...that way I know by replying that I visited you. I too like photos done in macro.

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  6. Gorgeous shots, I love Amaryllis they were a favourite of my Mother in laws and I have inherited her plants and look forward to Spring here in New Zealand when they will be blooming again.

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    1. Sooooooo, you have your amaryllis planted in the ground like I do? Isn't it great?!!!

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  7. Th amaryllis are gorgeous, I don't think i have ever seen one before, we must not have them around here. As to the blog comments, I am so tech challenged that I don't know what you're talking about, i just can't figure it out!

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    1. All I'm saying is, that with the reply feature, I can now keep track a lot more easily of me repaying your visit by adding a reply to your comment here.

      I'm sure that amaryllis will grow outdoors in your area. Just keep them in a very protected area [don't want them to freeze in the ground]

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  8. you have beautiful amaryllis, but you know now that George Strait song is stuck in my head, except that I'm, singing it "amaryllis by morning..."

    I like your system for being sure you visit! I'm going to need to see if I have that reply button or how I can get it!

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    1. Well, if you have blogger, which I know you do....you should have the reply. Just make sure your feeds are set to 'full' and you have use of one of the newer templates

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  9. Hi Anni, Gorgeous Amaryllis.... Isn't it wonderful living somewhere where they will grow OUTSIDE??? Wow!!!!

    I know about the comment replies... WordPress had it before Blogger. However, I don't like it and won't use it... Why--you ask? Because I don't have time to go back to someone's blog for a reply.. I have a hard enough time visiting someone ONE time... IF I ask a question, I'd much rather get my reply in my email... That works better for me... I truly don't think that most people (especially those of us with lots of followers) have or take the time to return to a blog for a reply... I don't ever reply to comments unless there is a question. If I get a question, I email that person. If I don't have their email address, I'll leave the answer on their blog --and ask for their email address...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Well, it's not that I go back and use a comment thread for anyone else's blog...I use MINE only. So I can keep track of the fact that I actually repaid the visit.

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  10. What glorious flowers! Just beautiful!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the flower photos today Lois.

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  11. Annie, Your flowers are gorgeous!! Are those flowers heat resistant? If so, I need to get some, South Carolina gets hot in the summer months and the flowers look terrible.

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    1. Susan!!! Nice to see you here. It's been a while since you were last at Hootin' Anni's!!! As for the amaryllis being 'heat resistant'...I'm not sure what you mean....I have them planted in the ground. Most often, they are sold as potted indoor plants. They bloom but once every Spring. And I have them planted near the foundation of the house...protected. As long as they don't freeze, they'll do well each year.

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  12. beautiful flowers!! just gorgeous.
    I try and reply to all my comments too..I try and respond on their blog..but I am always so behind!!

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    1. yep, my system makes it a whole lot easier on my 'sanity'....if I have any left, that is. LOL

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  13. Ganz wundervolle Blüten, perfekt fotografiert.

    LG Mathilda

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    1. You post: "Very beautiful flowers, photographed perfectly." I post: "Thank you so much sweet Mathilda. Your comments are always so positive....I like that."

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  14. Beautiful Amaryllis!
    My mother loved them, too!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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    1. I really enjoyed your purple/yellow contrasting colors photo today also.

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  15. MOL Amarillo by Morning is one of Mom's fav George Strait songs...as soon as she saw your title (which by the way is very clever)that is what pop in her mind.

    Hugs Madi and Mom

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    1. I knew you two would understand the gist of the blog title. You two and me...George Strait. By the way, it's MY favorite of his songs too. Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts.

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  16. That is such a good idea to put the amaryllis out in the yard. I might have to try that.
    What a great plan to reply to the comments, so then you know you have commented back. I love people who comment back to me. It is just terrific. Take care and have a great day.

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    1. Yep, it's a good way to keep track. I think it's important to repay their kindness with taking time to leave a comment here....so I respond after leaving a comment there....here...so I know I've done the 'right thing' and left them a word or two.

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  17. Hi Anni...havent been here in a while...your amaryllis is gogreous! We have lillies in our flower beds that bloom in June...they are named after both of our Mothers..it's a nice way to remember our loved ones! As far as having "reply" on my comments!!! I do the same thing as Bestsy from Tn. It saves time.

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    1. Well, I don't check other blogs to see if they responded to me either. I have no time for that. But in all, I think a lot are confused with my post here...it's that I use MY OWN reply HERE to keep record of who I repaid a visit to after I left their blog. That way, I know that I visited them. And since I don't like email - it actually saves me several steps and several minutes to respond here since I'm in my blog admin to begin with.

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  18. Wow ! You are a true artist with your photos!

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    1. Thanks...I enjoyed viewing your back porch/patio.

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  19. Beautiful macro shot! Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC

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    1. Thanks Liz...I especially enjoyed YOUR mellow yellow today. Very 'satisfying'!

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  20. Very pretty!

    My Yellow Memories, hope you'd come by and leave a comment. Thank you!

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    1. I think I already stopped by Ms. Burrito!

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  21. You are so great about the return visits. :-) I love your flower. That first shot has amazing detail.

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    1. I try!!! I may be a day or two late...but I try to get back. It's good etiquette I think. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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  22. Your Amaryllis are beautiful and I love that close up shot.
    Sounds like you have a pretty good system there with the comments. I need to get more organized with mine. I tend to leave messages in my inbox in hopes of remembering to return to them only to find they get buried. I'm a mess....lol

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    1. Yes, thing is, I belong to several photo/tube/psp image shares in my email and get hundreds a day. As you say, someone who would want to reply to my comment via email...it would get ignored and lost in the shuffle of it all. That's why I keep my email private...no time for both, and my psp'ing is most important for me at this time.

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  23. They are beautiful. We have snow today. Sigh. I shall share it tomorrow!
    Respect wildlife!

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    1. Snow? Oh I remember those Spring snowstorms...and never liked 'em at all. Wet, heavy and lots of tree damage and roof damage.

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  24. Wow, such detail in your first one! Haven't seen you "around" last few weeks -hope you're okay? Have a great week!

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    1. I'm fine...thanks for asking!!! Just been very busy outdoors.

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  25. what beautiful flowers! the first one is especially gorgeous!!

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  26. Your flowers are gorgeous. I know your Mom would have loved that they grow outside. I am wishin' I had some, but, they would only survive indoors here, just like at your Mom's.

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    1. Yep...they won't 'take' to freezing temps.

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  27. So beautiful, great shot!

    Visiting for MYM- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.sweethomephilippines.com/2012/04/easter-gift-john-deere-tractor.html

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