Saturday, February 23, 2013
The amaryllis that I wrote about a month ago -- a surprise gift from Longfield Gardens and Garden Media Group -- unwrapped itself this week. I now know that it's a variety called 'Apple Blossom' with iridescent white petals tinged toward the ends in pink. The first bud opened into five large, green-throated flowers that now grace the sideboard in our dining room.
These amaryllis, like most amaryllis, have needed very little care. Aside from couple of light waterings, they've grown unattended for weeks. If you'd like to learn how to grow them yourself, please visit Shawna Coronado's blog where she demonstrates how easy it is.
As you can see, there are more blooms on the way. We're bound to have a blooming 'Apple Blossom' for weeks to come. I've read that they last even longer as a cut flower in water, so I may try that with one of the blooming stalks.
Cut flower or not, these amaryllis are a beautiful addition to our winter home.
A note about the iridescence of the petals. My wife asked me if I knew why they were iridescent. I didn't, so I looked it up. In short, while most color is the result of the chemical composition of plants, iridescence is thought to be the result of structural qualities of plants. Check out this article if you're truly a plant geek and want to know more.
Thanks to Longfield Gardens and Garden Media Group for providing these amaryllis, without agreement or requirement to promote or publicize. All opinions are my own.