A pair of salmony peach Amaryllis to soothe a winter weary gardeners soul.
'Exotic Nymph,' a frilly double bulb, in the loveliest sherbet color.
I'm calling this her "debutante season" since she's new to the blog and my home in 2014.
As far as debutante's go, she's nothing short of a knockout (her stiffest competition 'Double Dream' from the previous blog post.) Needless to say, 'Exotic Nymph' won't be lured away, she's already been granted permanent residency here!
She's been bunking with single, large-flowering 'Exotica,' another Amaryllis I couldn't bear to be without:
Season after season, she's endured for me.
Never failing to put on a show-stopping display.
I get a lot of questions about how I keep my Amaryllis blooming year after year. I've experimented with several methods over the seasons but last summer I took all my bulbs (a considerable number) out of their pots and planted them right in the raised veggie bed.
There they stayed until October when I dug them up and stored them in a box in the basement (leaves and all.) The leaves can simply be removed later when they have turned brown and dried up. The result was a resounding success. They bulbs grew in circumference and all but one have re-bloomed this winter.
You can bet I still have hope for that lone holdout!
I think all the bulbs benefited from some good garden soil and compost, not to mention a little freedom from being pot bound. Amaryllis are heavy feeders, meaning they need to be fertilized after blooming for good results the next year. Remembering to consistently do that is often a problem for me so planting them directly in the ground solves that issue.
Maybe this method would work in your garden as well?? If you give it a go, I'd love to know how it works for you...