My South African amaryllis (the kind that generally bloom in time for Christmas, as opposed to Dutch amaryllis, which usually bloom for me in January / February) has started opening nicely. This one is Harlequin; I love that fine tracery of red on the edges of the white petals.

Amaryllis can be a bit pricey to invest in, but they do usually bloom for a few weeks, so a nice, long return. AND, if planted in soil and treated properly, they should return annually, so eventually, you can amass a nice collection, if you’re so inclined. And if you’re not planning to try to bring them back, maybe offer them after they’ve bloomed to your local garden club group? Someone else may be happy to take it off your hands !

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