Late Winter Resurrection

Amaryllis Study 



I’ve kept this same bulb alive for years. Each spring I put it outside. When October comes, I put it in the basement and let it dry out. In December I take it back upstairs and start watering it again. It hoists 3-4 enormous redred blooms by Valentine’s day.

The color is vivid, glowing scarlet, especially when the flower is backlit.



  1. I’ve never had an Amaryllis, but I’ve played around with Narcissus (Paperwhites) once, and man did they smell most foul. To this day, the smell of Paperwhites are among one of four smells that make me hurl instantly; the others being Grey Flannel cologne, rye bread, and Diazinon. Great pics.

  2. Your response is not unusual. Many people can’t abide paperwhites’ perfume, especially at close range. I have a similar reaction with florist lilies. I appreciate them in the garden for their bold display. The scent is delicious at twenty feet; any closer and it’s overpowering and noxious. I won’t buy florist arrangements that have lilies in them.

    Human olfactory sense is pretty varied. I grow a rose called ‘Tamora.’ She’s an English rose with rich, peachy coloration and an intoxicating myrhh perfume. To me, anyway. My wife hates the odor. I rave about alyssum’s scent; she can’t detect it at all.

    But amaryllis is a neutral in the perfume continuum; it has none at all.

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