A Pride of Red Lions

IMG_1275For many years I have tried to ensure I have an amaryllis to enjoy in the early weeks of the year, often buying my own in case or because one doesn’t appear under the Christmas tree – if there are more than one then so much the better, and this year there are three.

The one on the left was given to me in flower on Christmas Day, unfortunately almost past its best; a week or two later I found another bud, the stem unfortunately rotting as it emerged from the bulb. Undaunted, it shortly produced a third bud which in time produced this flower – all that magic contained in one bulb!

In the meantime the bulb I bought for myself and treated to some sphagnum moss and nominal supports of twisted hazel is preparing to flower as well, teasingly sidestepping the twisted hazel and venturing forth at an angle, no doubt chasing the light. Lagging behind is another present, suddenly bursting into life after a few sullen weeks of ‘shall I? shan’t I?’ decision  making. Quite a staggered trio then, but all with the distinctive flowers of ‘Red Lion’ – what I chose for myself, what Younger Daughter chose because she knew I liked ‘red ones’ and a purely coincidental choice. I think I will live dangerously and choose a different variety next year.

Amaryllis 'Red Lion'

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10 Responses to A Pride of Red Lions

  1. Pauline says:

    Lucky you, having three! They are lovely to have early in the year, I always have trouble getting them to flower the following year, are you able to achieve this?

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Pauline – I have tried a few times without success so don’t bother now, and yet some people achieve it year after year almost with no effort!

  2. Annette says:

    Truely stunning bulbs but like Pauline I have problems to keep them going. They may not be meant to, I guess. Nice idea to support them with the twigs.

    • Cathy says:

      I borrowed the twig idea from Carol at May Dreams Garden in a recent GBBD post – but it’s a great idea and I shall use them again

  3. Chloris says:

    I can never get them to flower again. I don’t understand why not. In theory they should.
    I think the hazel twigs are a good idea, they always grow such a long stem. I wish they wouldn’t get quite so leggy.
    Have you tried Papillo? I grew it this year and was delighted with it.

    • Cathy says:

      Up to now I have only bought bargain supermarket ones, so if I want something special I shall have to go upmarket next year – so will make a note to look out Papillo as it comes recommended 😉

  4. Love the leaning one Cathy! But the prize has to go to the plucky triple budded one, for sheer persistence.

    • Cathy says:

      I have propped the leaning one up now using the twigs that were meant to do that job – really I should have been turning the pot regularly, I suppose 😉

  5. wellywoman says:

    I’m impressed by the 3 bud amarylis. It’s a plucky plant. 😉

    • Cathy says:

      Don’t think I have had one with 3 flower stalks before. The amaryllis just starting to come through now has two (so far!) flower stalks peeping out of the bulb…

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