Hippeastrum in full bloom
today is 3rd of April and we are enjoying spring.As we are now passing through the peak of the season most of hippeastrum flowers are now in full bloom or ready to bloom few are sending spikes.hippeastrums (amaryllis) will remain in bloom till mid may.amryllis take real test of patience of gardeners as we gardeners (to be precise hippeastrum lovers) wait all year for amaryllis blooms and when they start blooming temperature start raising and so amaryllises start wilting. hippeastrum flowers which remain open for a week in cold temperature shorten their bloom for just 2 to 3 days and color is also very faded.but it is part of game and we cannot change climate as per our wishes.so here are few Hippeastrum varieties blooming now in my garden….
H. Royal velvet,a pure dark red variety
Hippeastrum Purple rain….
Hippeastrum Ruby Gem…a delicate red beauty,ideal for pot culture dark and vibrant rich red color ,short stem and all flowers open at same time.it is a real gem.
Hippeastrum ‘Fantasy’ also known as fantasy dream.it is very soft color amaryllis with yellow and green hue.
Hippeastrum Double Ribbon.a common double red amaryllis easily available in market.fully double blooms with addition of fragrance it is a must have amaryllis in Hippeastrum collection.i have more than 50 blooming size bulbs of this variety.i have planted them in shape of clumps in old used water tank.
Hippeastrum ‘Tres Chic’ very bright red color with green and white center.it is a medium size flower.due to its sharp color it is very prominent in garden.previous year it was in very bad condition,its tag was lost so i thought it vanished.but fortunately i am lucky that it survived and bloom this year again.
amaryllis exotic star is a hybrid of papilio.blooms reliably each year with two stalks.