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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An Amaryllis Race

Half-and-half has been declared the winner

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Half-and-half Amaryllis

in the 2019 Amaryllis Race.

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Benifica lagged behind from the start.

A beauty contest will follow shortly.

Will the late bloomer take that prize?

We shall see.

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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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