Last fall, I ordered 6 amaryllis bulbs from White Flower Farm. Bulbs from WFF are stupidly expensive -- but worth every penny to me. I consider it an Investment . . . in my health and well-being during the Dark Months.
Now, every amaryllis is a beautiful amaryllis -- don't get me wrong. I have purchased many a box-store or grocery store bulb over the years, and I have enjoyed their blooms immensely. But they tend to be rather short-lived, and in my experience, seldom get another bud after the first is spent. That's why I started ordering my bulbs online. (There are several other great online amaryllis sources out there. I just settled on WFF. It's where I order all my bulbs -- spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips and the amaryllis.) When it comes to blooms -- color, variety, bloom-time -- you really do get what you pay for.
I like to have some sort of amaryllis blooming beginning in January and continuing right on through February. They do an amazing job at brightening up my house -- and my spirits. This year, my choices are doing the job splendidly. One of the bulbs is just now opening for its first bloom, and two of them are in the process of blooming from their second set of buds.
Here are the 3 blooms bringing light and hope to the dreary day outside right now:
One. . .
(This one is in its first bloom. The blooms are smaller and more compact than the more "standard" amaryllis -- and the colors are very intense.)
Two . . .
(This one is beginning to bloom from its second bud. It takes a few days for this amaryllis to completely open because it's a "double" -- it has two layers of petals. You can see the interior layers just beginning to unfold.)
Three . . .
(This one is just beginning to burst open, also from its second bud. The blooms are deep red and kind of shiny -- living up to its name "Ferrari.")
This year, I think my blooms may take me all the way into March.
You see, I have two other plants that I thought were finished after their initial set of buds. They started putting out their leaves, which is usually a sign of "done-ness." But the other day, as I was giving them a water, I noticed these . . .
Each plant has a second bud coming.
Bring it on!
(Because these dreary days of winter will be hanging on for a while yet, I'm afraid.)
Be sure to hop on over to Carole's today to read more Three on Thursday posts!