“Big Blooms”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I love this time of year! After a cold, deary winter, to have warm, sunny days and flowers certainly makes for lifted spirits.
The amaryllis have started blooming. Since I live in a mild climate, I am able to grow these bulbs in the garden, and they normally bloom in late March, early April. I usually buy a few around the holidays, but this year I didn’t and regretted that decision. I missed having the flowers in mid-winter. Luckily, I get a second chance at these flowers come spring time.
One of my favorites has just started blooming. This is a true red, not an orange red which I do not find as attractive.
Another is a soft orange or salmon color.
Both of these amaryllis were given to me by friends who have now moved away. Every time I see these flowers, I always think of these two generous gardeners who shared a bit of their garden with me.
Right now, there are three varieties of amaryllis blooming in the garden (I posted about the earliest bloomers just a few days ago), and there are still a few more that should be blooming very soon. All these big, amaryllis blooms showing up now makes up for not having any during the dead of winter.