A Beast Amongst the Blossom

I treated myself to 3 hippeastrum/amaryllis bulbs from my favourite discount supermarket Aldi a couple of months ago, the £2.49 price tag justifying the triple purchase and allowing me to have a group planting of the same variety in one big pot (take note that I said of the same variety… ). They were started off on December 4th, to follow on from the Dancing Queen which had been planted in October and which you may recall having seen in a couple of vases. The first hint of colour was apparent a week or so ago and aroused my suspicions, which were confirmed yesterday –  there was a Red Lion roaming loose amongst the Apple Blossom! Sadly, the proposed impact of the multiple planting was just not the same…

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22 Responses to A Beast Amongst the Blossom

  1. tonytomeo says:

    They are pretty nonetheless.
    Many years ago, a waitress at a nice restaurant in Portland got my order wrong, and was very apologetic as she explained that she would rush to get my order right. I told her that I would be pleased to take whatever she had brought for me because it would be interesting to try something different from the familiar that I typically get.

  2. Cathy you have the ability to buy bulbs and seeds of good quality at low prices. As for the Hippeastrum, it has been fortunate that they are precious varieties. If you are going to use them as a cut flower they are fine in the same pot. But to show them off, in my humble opinion, each bulb would be better in an individual pot. But they are beautiful, whatever they are. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, we are lucky in the UK to have so many sources of good quality plant material. I am not sure yet if I will cut any of these

  3. A similar thing happened: I gave Amaryllis bulbs, nicely potted, as Christmas gifts to some friends. The “Red” turned out to be White! Mislabelled. I love Amaryllis, especially the reds at Christmas.

  4. rickii says:

    Not unusual, in my experience, to get something different than expected in bulb orders…even with reputable vendors. A gardener’s version of living on the edge?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, annd it happens with seeds sometimes too – although the mystery seeds I had in error last year turned out to be a boring yellow wallflower… 😉

  5. Anna says:

    Oh the best laid plans of mice and men and all that Cathy. ‘Apple Blossom’ must have had a nasty shock. Still it makes for an eye-catching trio and a conversation point.

  6. FlowerAlley says:

    This happen to me last year. The company apologized for the bulb blooming “incorrectly” and sent a replacement. I am sorry you got a rogue bulb, too. Ha.

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It may be disappointing to you but they sure are pretty.

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Red Lion is going to be a IAVOM feature this week? 😉

    • Cathy says:

      It crossed my mind, but I had already picked for this week’s and having used one in IAVOM last week I really wanted something different anyway. They may all be past their best by next week though…

  9. Christina says:

    Annoying, but they still look fantastic! Next year! I suppose you can’t complain when the bulbs were so cheap.

  10. karen says:

    Oh but they look so cheerful! I am so grateful for any colour at this time of the year. I dashed out and bought some when you mentioned them before Christmas. They were a bargain, even if they were cut back quite severely. I was worried mine wouldn’t grow. Mine are in bud now, and luckily in separate pots. I shall have to wait to see what colours they turn out to be. When I went back to buy more- they had all gone. You have to buy them there are then at Aldi.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, last year I waited for them to be reduced as they had been the previous year, and couldn’t get any, so got them immediately they were in stock this time round. They grow with such energy, don’t they? Do you think you will cut yours…?

      • karen says:

        Yes, I’ve cut mine, because I needed them indoors to cheer me up, and I think it makes them bush out. No harm done so far. Fingers crossed.

  11. Ali says:

    You have inspired me to buy some bulbs for next year. It always surprises me how often nurseries have got into a pickle. Though I mix things up, so perhaps not so surprising!

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