January is definitely the month for Amaryllis. This year we got ours after Christmas. In Portland, they are a big thing before Christmas and can be found in most any general merchandise store. After Christmas, however, it’s definitely a crap shoot. Jer brought home three, from Freddy’s, as week or more after Christmas. One was actually escaping, anemically, its box, a long stem poking through the air hole. But experience has taught me that even the worst looking fellows can sometimes be rescued; these were the last three Freddy’s had, so we feel like we were rescuing runts.
And what runts they are!
This is the most spectacular thus far — the “curve” in the stem is the result of growth regardless of condition — it came out of the box ready to put out a bloom.
This little guy is just about to burst forth. It is part of the bulb whose long stem that I had extracted carefully from the air hole but which was too bent to get enough nourishment. But its sister seems to be surviving nicely. This is Hippeastrum Amaryllis “Piquant;” the red one is “Red Lion” and a third, still tightly wrapped in its bud, is “Apple Blossom.” Of the last, one is white and the other pink, but I won’t know which is which until they bloom.
They always make me gasp at their beauty, which seems to appear just as January seems to settle into our bones. No wonder we adore amaryllis. –June
By the way, I’m trying to suss out the size of photos that would allow the best looking home page, but give a clickable to a larger one. Usually I just make mine the biggest size that will fit onto most computer screens, but this time, I sized the photos larger and then picked “medium” for home page display. But they are a bit disappointing. Don’t know whether this is the route I’ll go or not. You can let me know what you think.