Monday, March 10, 2008

Bridging the gap 'til Spring.....

Have you ever seen anything more beautiful! It is breathtakingly beautiful and the pic certainly does not do it justice.

I have two large Amaryllis plants. This one is about 15 years old. I bought it at the Flower Show in Boston and I paid $5 for it. That shows you how old it is! lol I have been getting these beautiful blooms each year. This scape has 3 flowers on it. The flower is totally red, the yellow that you see is from the sun shining through the petals.
There are 3 flowers on this scape. The third is behind this large one. It is not quite fully open yet.
You can see how large the flower is. (and my old hand)

This is the other plant. It is about 5 years old. It's scape is a lot later than the first, even though I started them both up at the same time.

This is the first plant and it has a second scape emerging on the other side of the bulb.

Another shot of the first one.
I pollinated this one two years ago and I now have 3 two year old bulbs and I pollinated it again last year and have 9 (!) one year old bulbs. I want to pollinate the second one this year and eventually I'll get to see the results. My daughter also gave me a pink one for Christmas, but I don't think it'll flower this year. It has large leaves but no sign of a flower scape. I'll have to baby it this year and then hopefully next year, I'll get a flower. (or two). If anyone wants the particulars of growing and getting the amaryllis to flower, email me and I will be glad to give you the instructions on how to do that. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy this beautiful sight!!! Til next time, Jean

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