In the month since I last posted on here I’ve had about 20 plants bud, bloom & the flowers die off! I’ve started to put them out on the shelving in the balcony as they are getting too big & numerous to stay in the flat for the summer.
I don’t have any photos of the Amaryllis outside on the balcony at the moment as the mini-greenhouse on the table blocks the view of them In a week or two, at the very latest this will be dismantled so I can also dismantle the table & put out the growbags for my tomato plants. Then I will be able to get a clear view of the shelving where the Amaryllis will spend the next 6 months.
I have decided to add a photo of what the living room table looked like on May 1st!
As I have said before ALL my Amaryllis are from my own seeds & offsets that I’ve accumulated over 19 years. None of them have names – except one, called ‘Pinky’, which was sent to me by a lady in the Scilly Isles a few years ago. I thought I had lost it but lo & behold it has come into flower as the 26th bulb to flower in 2018! I don’t think it’s the original bulb she sent me but an offset that I missed out naming at some point over the last 2 or 3 years.
This time however I have marked its pot with its name & I now will be able to track it in future years!
I have had a look back through my posts in the group over the years & I found this entry:
Looking at the photos I posted of ‘Pinky’ when it flowered for the first time for me I see they are NOT the same as the plant that is flowering on the living room table at the present moment! If you read the post I’ve added a link to, you will see I had the same confusion a few years ago!!!
This Pink & white Amaryllis has now finished for this year. I’ve had to correct the name on the pot & have now put it outside on the shelving. I’ve taken down the mini-greenhouse & the big round table it stood on all winter. I’ve now put out the 4 growbags with tomato plants therefore I have been able to take a couple of photos of the Amaryllis on the shelving:
Here is a photo of my Amaryllis on our living room table taken just this morning, 5th June 2018.
The numbers indicate the order in which they have flowered so far this year. I’ve had 38 so far but I still have at least another dozen or so yet to flower! Some of these have tall flower stems (Scapes) with buds that will open in the coming week while other are hardly out of the neck of their bulb.
Since I last wrote on here ALL my Amaryllis have finished flowering. The very last one was put outside on the balcony yesterday (26th June 2018) It was a red one that had produced 2 scapes, each one with 4 flowers.
Unless another one blooms sometime during the rest of the year there will be no more postings here.
Well I never expected to make more comments on this thread this year, or at the very least, not so soon! But, a couple of days ago, I found an Amaryllis, in a green plastic pot, that, much to my great surprise, had a couple of opening flowers on a very twisted scape. How could I have not seen it earlier given the size of these flowers?
Well the Amaryllis was on the shelving on the balcony wall. The shelving occupies about 2/3rds of the width of the wall & the outside part is free & there I have a bracket on which I hang baskets during the summers. This year I had filled almost all the available space of the shelving with my Amaryllis. But this green pot was on a portion of the shelving that was partially blocked by a big black hanging basket. Although I could make out the pot &the leaves I couldn’t see it very well. I therefore had no idea that a scape had formed & had begun to flower! Even then it was purely by accident I spotted it. I was watering all the pots of Amaryllis on the shelving with fertilizer & I was trying to reach some pots that were further back on the shelves. When I got to the end of the shelf where this Amaryllis had started to bloom I noticed as I tried to hold the basket back with one hand while watering the pots with the other. I saw a flash of red & when I investigated further I discovered this poor plant with a scape all twisted as it had forced its way out towards the light.
Trying to get it out with one hand while trying to hold the basket back caused me to break the flower off that was fully open! I managed to get the plant out without further mishap & picked up the broken off flower. I put them both on the living room table. The broken off flower I put in a shallow container with some water.
By the colour of the flower I knew that it was one of my ‘Anglo-American hybrid’ Amaryllis. None of my older plants had a Cherry red colour except these ones. If fact when the very first of these hybrids opened its first flower over 2 years ago it was the same colour as this one. It seems the label I had originally put in the pot had got lost. I hadn’t written what it was on the pot either – that I’ve since rectified!
Unfortunately the flowers have only lasted two days & now the pot will go out once more to its place on the shelving on the balcony.
I wonder if I will have any more surprises before December 31st 2018???
During the winter months of November to March the great majority of my Amaryllis bulbs spent their time in my son’s shed. The great majority of them came through OK but there were a few casualties.
I thought I had brought all the bags of bulbs home but one managed to escape me & remained in my son’s shed 3 months longer! When my son found it he asked me if I wanted him to bring it round to me but I told him to keep it for himself as a way of thanking him for letting me store them in his shed over the winter. There were about 6 pots in the bag & he decided to keep only 2. One has just come into flower this past week & when my son sent me a photo of it I couldn’t believe my eyes – it was pure white! I haven’t had a pure white Amaryllis in at least 10 years! I had to ask him if he was sure it was one of my plants as a friend of his & his wife often give them plants & I thought perhaps it had come from her. From the colour of the pot & from my own handwriting on it it became clear that it was in fact one of my Amaryllis.
Here is the photo he sent me of the pure white Amaryllis.