“I’ll Have a Double”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
In checking my garden journal from previous years, it seems that many plants are blooming a month to six weeks earlier than last year. Some of these early bloomers are the amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulbs. I showcased Apple Blossom yesterday, and today I’ll feature a double flowered one.
I bought this one years ago, maybe six years or so. I didn’t have many amaryllis then, and this was supposed to be a pink variety. Of course, it was mismarked, as seems to be my luck, but it was huge when it bloomed. It is a double flowering one, and from photos I have searched, it seems that this just might be Aphrodite.
At first, I was very disappointed in this particular bulb, but it has grown on me and now is welcomed in the garden. I particularly like the green throat this flower has. The bulb has not made any off sets yet, even after all these years, but the bulb is gigantic and the flowers are still big.
The nine inch blooms certainly stand out even when all the other spring flowers are opening up and showing their new colors. After growing this bulb for years, I would like to have even more double amaryllis. I guess this means I need to look into finding a good company that stocks double amaryllis.