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.
This 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.
My collection now includes the beautiful ‘Magical Touch’ . . . ,
. . . ‘Sunshine Nymph’ . . . ,
. . . the elegant ‘White Denver’ . . . ,
. . . the classic pink ‘Apple Blossom’ . . . ,
. . . and, of course, ‘Red Lion’, the variety that started it all.
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Malgorzata - lovely gardening story and photos. Thank you for sharing!
Oh I love your story!!! And the magnificent blooms!!! Thank you for that!!!
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.
Beautiful story and Amaryllis blooms. Encourages me to keep on trying to get mine to come back!
Beautiful collection of flowers. Your indoor garden must bring you much joy! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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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