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A Love for Amaryllis

Favorite blooming bulbs

close up of pink amaryllis flowers

Today we’re visiting with Malgorzata Galietti.

About 30 years ago I purchased a ‘Red Lion’ amaryllis (Hippeastrum ‘Red Lion’, Zones 8–10 or as a houseplant) and sent it to my Grandma Helena, who lived in Krakow, Poland, to help her survive a particularly cold winter. She loved it! She was herself a gardener and horticulturalist, so the ‘Red Lion’ was very much appreciated. Back then, amaryllis bulbs were impossible to find in Poland. Forward to a gloomy winter of 2020; I remembered how much happiness and cheerfulness one amaryllis bulb had produced for my grandma, so I got a ‘Pink Surprise’ to sprinkle some joy during the pandemic winter blues.

close up of pink amaryllis flowersThis pink beauty began the yearly cycle of blooms and watering. I brought the pots out to the garden for summer and put them asleep in early fall with hopes that when they woke up they would gratefully produce flower stems.

close up of red Magical Touch amaryllisMy collection now includes the beautiful ‘Magical Touch’ . . . ,

close up of red and white striped Sunshine Nymph amaryllis. . . ‘Sunshine Nymph’ . . . ,

close up of white amaryllis flower. . . the elegant ‘White Denver’ . . . ,

close up of pink and white Apple Blossom amaryllis. . . the classic pink ‘Apple Blossom’ . . . ,

close up of Red Lion amaryllis. . . and, of course, ‘Red Lion’, the variety that started it all.


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    cynthia2020 01/18/2023

    Malgorzata - lovely gardening story and photos. Thank you for sharing!

  2. user-7392754 01/18/2023

    Oh I love your story!!! And the magnificent blooms!!! Thank you for that!!!

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    simplesue 01/18/2023

    Wow you make it looks so easy to grow the same Amaryllis bulb year after year- in a way that makes sense to me, as you described putting the pot out to grow in the summer, putting it to sleep in the autumn. You sure have grown some beauties and I like your story of Poland and your grannie.

  4. btucker9675 01/18/2023

    Beautiful story and Amaryllis blooms. Encourages me to keep on trying to get mine to come back!

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    bdowen 01/18/2023

    Beautiful collection of flowers. Your indoor garden must bring you much joy! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  6. scarajames 05/17/2023

    My family often buy Amaryllis in the drift boss. When you bury your nose in an amaryllis, and you might get whispers of a floral note, with fruity undertones – somewhere mid-way between a rose and a nectarine.

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