Last autumn, as we have done for the last eight years, we placed pots containing amaryllis bulbs in a dark, cool place and waited. Within a few months, new growth appeared at the top of the bulbs. Now it was time for a well lit place and we waited again. Before long, leaves and a bud appeared
followed by a beautiful bloom which lasted a few days.
The flowers are spectacular, large and showy, with vivid colours.
Their prominent place in our living room, means that we enjoy every minute of the bloom. They are a source of conversation every day they exist.
And each year we lament the fading flowers and look forward to the next cycle. The leaves thrive for a number of months, wither and die. Again we place the pots in a cool dark place.
Two years ago, leaves grew on the side of one of the pots,
and we discovered another bulb sprouted off the original. We planted it separately and it grew another amaryllis the following spring. This year again, a mother bulb is generating progeny, a new bulb to give to a friend.
It begins again!