“Big Red”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The last two posts have been about the amaryllis (hippeastrum) that I have growing in the garden. Well, here is another. In the last few years I have really become a big fan of these plants. Originally, about ten years ago, I started with Red Lion bulbs that I bought in the winter and then planted in the garden in the spring. I liked Red Lion, but was never enamored with them because the color had more of an orange tinge to the red, and I like more of a truer red. I stopped buying them after just a few years. Then, about four years ago, the secretary at work brought me some amaryllis bulbs from her garden. These were huge, big bulbs that put out huge, big deep red flowers. These big red amaryllis got me started on the road to amaryllis addiction.
These amaryllis (name unknown) are wonderful. It is hard sometimes to capture the true color of red with a digital camera. These are a deep red, almost a deep cherry red. These bulbs are very vigorous; even in my clay soil, they are producing offsets quickly. It is not uncommon for there to be seven blooms on one stalk, and several bulbs have produced two or more stalks. One thing I love about these is the shape of the buds as they just about to open. The petals always seem to puff up and then open. They remind me of hot air balloons.
The lady who gave me these amaryllis was very generous. I couldn’t believe she had so many to share, but she kept assuring me that she needed to thin out the bed they were in and she still had enough for her garden. I even had some to share with my mother, daughter, and sister. I am so thankful that I was able to get these wonderful, beautifully colored red flowers.
I have these in the gardens on both sides of the front walk. The big red flowers make a welcoming sight as you approach the front door. I am going to hate when they finish blooming.