I gave this amaryllis to friends as Christmas gifts.
It was the star of the garden last May.
Most amaryllis flowers are big and showy, but this one stood out.
Its blooms are bigger than an outstretched hand. The stalks are around fourteen inches tall. The color is a watery, deep pink.
Okay I confess…it reminds me of watermelon.
Here I am on a dreary day in February, being reminded of yummy watermelon.
May is definitely circus month for my Amaryllis.
The clowns are putting on their biggest show ever.
Monte Carlo has on its brightest red and white costume. Pink Surprise is pretty in flashy pink. Apple Blossom is the rice between spice.
Minerva has formed a crowd above the stone wall.
Charisma has toned down the contrast of its costume with a blending of pigments.
Monte Carlo refuses to blend in with the surroundings.
Apple Blossom has too much dignity to clown around and show off.
I consider it the amaryllis for all locations.
I love each amaryllis for its own character.
Stay tuned. There are more beside the pond surrounded by ferns.
The show will go on!
I know that I have referred to these as my garden clowns.
They are too big and too bright to fit into the landscape.
The truth is they are crazy happy outside and grow bigger and better than they ever could in a pot.
I give myself a different one each Christmas.
I have lost some in the past, until I developed a method of planting that protects them from rotting or being eaten.
The secret is lava rocks. I make a nest of rocks around each as I plant it.
This “lava rock nest” improves drainage and discourages diggers and munchers.
Now they survive and thrive in the garden.
All the other flowers pale in comparison to these show-offs.
I need their audacious blooms in the winter, so I keep collecting them.
They continue to grow and multiply and upstage the other flowers in May.
I do love my bold and beautiful garden clowns.
Stay tuned for more clowns and a famous actress.
Everyone needs a flower in their future.
I try two new varieties of Amaryllis/Hippeastrum every winter.
These bulbs get put in the garden every spring to produce many more blooms for years to come.
But for now, I need a flower when it’s cold and my garden in brown.
I need a flower when the gray skies make me blue.
I need a flower in January.
No other bloom will do.
I appreciate the giant, gorgeous blooms of the Amaryllis.
Glowing in the window like my own little sun.
Reminding me that winter will end and spring will come.