“Mid-Winter Pick Me Up”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
As I have stated before, I don’t buy Amaryllis bulbs for Christmas blooms. I wait and pot them up just before or just after Christmas so that they will bloom in mid-winter when a dash of color is really needed. The last two weeks have been extremely deary days around here – clouds, rain, cold temperatures. Down here in the Gulf Coast, we are used to warmer, sunnier days.
The Pink Diamond amaryllis I bought months ago and planted after Christmas already had a bloom stalk showing. It quickly grew and displayed its buds which soon was showing a hint of color. It wasn’t until last week that I could tell it was going to be pink. (I have had several instances of a plant’s bloom not being what it was labeled.) The recent cold weather slowed the opening of the buds to a crawl. Finally, last night when I checked on the flowers, one flower was almost fully opened. Today, it was open enough to show its true beauty.
This flower, with its gorgeous, dark pink blooms, certainly lifts my spirits. I am glad I waited to plant these bulbs since they now give a much needed mid-winter pick me up.
Update: I don’t think this amaryllis is Pink Diamond. After looking at the label that came with it, there should be a white star in the center. I have a feeling this is Pink Surprise instead. I guess I may have to wait until it blooms again to be sure because sometimes the first flowers of a plant is not exactly like they will be when it is better established. Either way, I like the color of this amaryllis and am not disappointed if it turns out to be something besides Pink Diamond.