One of my two Amaryllis ‘Miracle’ bulbs started blooming this week.
And it’s a good thing, because I needed something that wasn’t on a computer screen to distract me from the dreary scene outside. The days have been not just short, but gloomy and overcast.
I ordered these Amaryllis from John Scheeper’s. ‘Miracle’ is a variety that blooms fairly early and on shorter stalks, though the flowers are not as gigantic as with some other varieties. It’s a deep red that looks nice and warm.
The second bulb seems intent on sending up its stalk diagonally. Not sure why this is, as it is oriented to the light the same as the first bulb.
I’ve always been confused by the difference between Amaryllis and Hippeastrum. The Scheeper’s catalog uses the terms interchangeably. According to Wikipedia, however, Amaryllis is a genus of plants from South Africa, while Hippeastrum are from South America. Linnaeus had at first put the two in the same genus. ‘Miracle’ is derived from African bulbs.
It occurs to me looking at these pictures that one or two Amaryllis really isn’t enough. I wonder if somewhere in the house there’s a wide vase that could hold three or more? or maybe a pot that Judy doesn’t use much?
I’m linking this post with Donna’s Seasonal Celebrations meme at Gardens Eye View.
Are you growing Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum) this holiday season?