(Not exactly) In a Vase on Monday: Red Pearl

I can never bear to cut Amaryllis to put in a vase, so this week’s contribution to Cathy’s meme (Rambling in the Garden) is cheating somewhat. πŸ˜‰

This is Hippeastrum (aka Amaryllis) Red Pearl with three huge flowers on one stem and another bud coming on as well…

The sun is melting the snow out there, but more is forecast for tomorrow and I don’t expect to see any sign of spring bulbs for a while yet. So indoor bulbs are what I rely on for colour in winter. Β It is exciting to watch them develop too.

I have three more Amaryllis bulbs planted, all bearing buds at various stages, which I will of course share as they open. πŸ™‚

What is bringing some colour to your winter right now?

63 thoughts on “(Not exactly) In a Vase on Monday: Red Pearl

  1. Magnificent red in that amaryllis Cathy. What a delight. I cut one stem of an amaryllis for a vase, thinking the second promising one would not be affected, but the other flowers failed to open. Disappointing. I still think it should have been ok but now I’ll hesitate to try it again. Have a great week.

    • That is always my worry Susie! I only cut them if they get too tall and threaten to topple over and break the stem. This one stayed relatively short, but two others with buds on are growing very tall so I shall have to watch them when they open! Have a lovely week Susie!

    • I think they last longer uncut too, although other people seem to have had different experiences. We have plenty of windowsill space in the new house – without radiators under them – so the light and cool temperature maybe kept this one shorter.

  2. Like you, I can’t bear to cut amaryllis but those who do say that they last longer in a vase than on the plant. In any case, your amaryllis bloom is glorious. What a delight it is to bring home a papery bulb, plant it, and watch it send up flowers so quickly.

    • Mine definitely last longer on the plant if I can keep them from toppling over. I love watching them grow. I only planted them early December as I almost forgot to get some bulbs this year. The buds on the next two are starting to open and will show their colour in a day or two.

    • I couldn’t say, Noelle. Probably just luck that they are so short. All of my Amaryllis have been on very bright windowsills and two are trying to reach for the stars! So perhaps this one is usually shorter. Just as well as the flowers are enormous!

  3. The slightly different shade of red in the centre is unusual and I like the fact that the stem is fairly short – but you say the others are taller? So far mine are shorter than they would have been if I had grown them in the warm, I think. Perhaps one day you will dare to actually ‘cut’ a stem…! In the meantime I am glad you have this to enjoy whilst your weather is so inclement

    • I may have to cut the taller ones… we will see! I have only cut them in the past if they start toppling over from the weight of the blooms. The centre of this one is quite remarkable. I rarely find the same ones a year later, but this one will certainly go on a list to look out for it in future.

  4. Cathy your Amaryllis “Red Pearl” looks like it has velvet petals, I love its color, it’s downright beautiful. I would not have cut it either. On Thursday and Friday we will be in almost all of Spain with snow, so stay warm. Have a great week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. I wish I’d potted up more than just one Hippeastrum – they’re so pretty! I’m hoping some of the bulbs I planted in the ground will bloom this year but I count my odds at 50-50. You’d probably think it was spring here. Our temperature hit 80F/26C over the weekend but they’re coming down again now and rain is said to be on its way – weather roller coasters are common in what passes for winter here. My paperwhite Narcissus are mostly bloomed out already but the calla lilies and Freesias are coming on.

    • I will try and keep this bulb as it is so pretty. Once I had one flower again in August as I had left it out on the patio! Your weather sounds crazy. We have had snow again today, but it is just above freezing point so it will be all slushy tomorrow. Still, the snow brightens things up no end. πŸ™‚

  6. What a voluptuous, crimson-red blossom! Gorgeous!
    I have a pot of crocus coming along that I hope blooms soon, as well as narcissi. My geraniums, as well as two cyclamen, provide color for most of the winter in our cool sunspace, and a cigar plant cutting I took last summer is blooming. Not bad for mid-winter around here. πŸ˜‰

    • Oh, you have chosen the perfect word to describe it Eliza! Voluptuous! What a good idea to have crocus indoors. I will definitely try that next year. And I will also have to try keeping my geraniums through the winter next year as I have much more windowsill space at our new house. πŸ™‚

  7. Such a beautiful, velvety red, Cathy. I hesitate with them as I don’t want to look after the bulbs all year. How do you deal with them? Or do you buy new ones every time?

  8. Oh that’s such a rich and warming colour Cathy πŸ™‚ I have three amaryllis bulbs on the go at the moment. One has flowered once and has sent up a second flower, another with flower still to open and the third (2018 vintage) which was rescued from the greenhouse recently on the intensive care list. As you say they are exciting to watch. I have read about huge snowfalls in Bavaria this winter and hope that it’s not caused many problems for you.

    • I am waiting for a white one to open any day now. πŸ™‚ The disruptive snowfall was all further south of us, but we have had a lot of snow and ice with rain mixed in, melting intermittently. It is nice to have a sprinkling most of the time as it makes so much difference to the light in the house. πŸ™‚

  9. hmmmmm, I think that cheating slightly is better than cutting it. Is there a rule that it must be cut? I mean, others have put flowers in containers that are not exactly vases.

  10. There’s no way I would cut these gorgeous blooms, either, Cathy! They are so spectacular and very special. You were forward thinking to bring spring indoors early, since you will have to yet wait for your lovely garden to bloom!

    • I love having these bulbs to look forward to throughout the darker months. And I have lots more of these flowers to come before there are any signs of life outside! πŸ™‚

    • It is a lovely red with a rich velvety sheen. I will keep a note of it for next year too, as they never bloom again for me, despite my various attempts!

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