Amaryllis Anticipation

Each winter I order at least one new variety of Amaryllis.

This year I ordered two.

Half-and-half is still blooming and has sent up a second stalk.

Benifica is making me wait.

Its buds are dreamy red velvet.

Every day there is slow progress toward blooming.

It is a joy to watch.

I will be happy when I finally see the faces of its flowers.

Until then, I am enjoying the anticipation.

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Amaryllis Outside

Don’t throw away these holiday flowers.

Save the Amaryllis/Hippeastrum bulbs until spring.

Plant them outside in a sunny location with good drainage.

Add compost to the hole and plant with the shoulders showing.

They will bloom in May or June.

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Minerva Amaryllis

Multiple stems with many flowers will show off for several weeks.

Then cut the stems and leave the foliage.

They will come back every year with more blooms.

I do add a layer of mulch in late fall in case we have a cold winter here in Zone 7.

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White Christmas Amaryllis

These are scattered around my gardens to fill in

while waiting for the daylilies to take center stage in June.

You can rescue them for 1/2 price or less in January.

Every year, I add a new Amaryllis outside.

Charisma Amaryllis

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Bloom and Glow

I am so happy to have anything blooming in January, even if it is inside.

My lovely Apple Blossom Amaryllis/Hippeastrum is blooming again.

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The second stalk has produced six more blooms.

The last bud has not opened yet and is sticking up to give its five sisters space to spread out.

I love the delicate white petals and pinkish veins, but what I really admire is the shimmer.

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The petals look as though they have been dusted with a fine glitter.

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When the sun hits the blooms they truly glow.

Apple Blossom Amaryllis is amazing!

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Bonus Blooms

A good Amaryllis/Hippeastrum bulb will bloom twice.

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If you peek in the boxes from most “big box” stores the contents look like half a bulb because they split them.

My replacement Exotica bulb sent up a stalk of the usual four blooms last month.

It has bloomed another time with six blooms on the second stalk.

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Really lovely colors, markings and shapes.

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This one’s a keeper.

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The REAL Exotica Bloomed Correctly

The replacement bulb for Amaryllis Exotica has bloomed.

It has the expected color and striations.

The apricot color definitely has a red shimmer in it.

I feel sorry for the original bulb, which will now be stuck with the name,

BLOOMED INCORRECTLY, from now on.

They are both lovely. Both will be cared for, nurtured and loved.

Though only one has a pedigree.

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Subtle Beauty

I do love an occasional screaming flower.

But my heart belongs to the quiet ones.

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The ones with the dainty detail, that makes you look twice and pause.

Like this Picotee Amaryllis.

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Yes it is white, but with a green throat and a hint of red around the margins.

Beside the screaming red and white “incorrect bloomer”, it may be overlooked.

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But let it stand quietly alone, it inspires awe.

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