A Love for Amaryllis – FineGardening Leave a comment

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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