Back on track again
(very red faced)
Hi everybody! This is Lourdes from Holland.
I'm back after a very busy period. I'm really sorry i did not keep in touch with you guys.
Was having lots of problems (including a near divorce)
Due to some neglecting and space/light shortage i lost a few plants and i have come to the conclusion that -in order to properly care for them- i better have not too many of them. They deserve proper care. I do not have any greenhouse or extra light or anything. And i do not dare anymore to place the plants outside during spring/early summer (bulb fly!)
I think to have no more than 10 or 12 plants will be a sensible choice. This sounds very calm because you can't see me while i write this. As true plant- a flower-persons as we all are, you will understand that such choices are very difficult to make.
Well, i tried to chose a variety of colours and kinds.I based my choice in personal taste, of course, but also variety of colours and being strong and resistant to low light intensity and high humidity conditions in Netherlands. I like specially single large flowering cultivars. Here are the hippies i have chosen so far:
1- Apple Blossom. This was the first Amaryllis i ever bought and saw flower. It's very beautiful, but also a matter of nostalgy. It remains a big favourite, since it's creation in the fifties :-)
2- Royal Velvet. Its velvety dark red coloured flowers are incredible.
3- Red Lion. Beautiful bright red and very strong. I lost a big bulb once due to daffodil bulb fly.
4- Naranja. Strong and incredible orange colour.
6- Flamingo star. Chosen because of the colour. Has to arrive yet.
7- Christmas gift. This is in my opinion one of the best pure white cultivars. The classic, star shape of the flowers is very pretty. Very strong and tends to flowers more than once a year.
8- Minerva A survivor of the bulb fly 2 years ago.
9- Exotica. This one survives everything too!
10- Bolero. This one survived also.
11- Jewel, beautiful and strong.
12- Blossom peacock. Strong and very fast-growing. Very dependable. Tends to bloom more than once a year, in spring and fall. I have had a bulb that i separated from the "mother" bulb bloom within a year, and without any extra care.
Oh dear.... while making this list i realize i already have 12..... gotta find a way to resist when those bulbs try to jump in my shopping cart!
Anyway, this is the situation now... i think i have to go to the Hortus botanicus in Leiden next february and to the amaryllis show in Het Keukenhof and watch the beauties there to help me cope.... as long as i do not take any bulb home.... :-O ...