I bought this miniature orchid at the market maybe three years ago? I can’t remember, but I’ve had it for quite a while. It was in flower when I bought it but showed no signs of flowering again. I persevered with a fairly neglectful treatment of it, just pouring water through the compost every week. No faffing about with rainwater or special feeds. I was delighted to see buds appear at last and the first flower opened yesterday.
Just before Christmas, Thompson & Morgan had an excellent offer of amaryllis, hyacinths, poinsettia etc. for £4.99 each including postage. When you think that the package included a pot and a bag of compost and compare the price at garden centres, it’s a no brainer. So I sent for this and it’s flowered two months from planting. I love the crystalline effect on the petals and the green shading. Three flowers out and when the fourth opens I’ll have the perfect, symmetrical flower head one aims for. What a pity the Horticultural Society show isn’t until April.
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The garden is sodden today and the view from the window a grey one but on the windowsill is this cheerful amaryllis, or hippeastrum if you want to be more correct. It has two flowers with two more to come. Ideally, of course, you want a tall, straight stem with four flowers out at once. The wonder of this particular plant is that the pot spent the entire winter in a cold greenhouse, exposed to frost.
I've grown lots of different forms of this plant and I'm always amazed that such extraordinary blooms come from a dull, brown bulb. Such wonderful colours and stripes! Those crystalline petals that hardly look real! Just what is needed on an English summer's day.