wednesday’s flowers – ‘flamenco queen’ amaryllis

January 18, 2012

Way back in November I purchased a ‘Flamenco Queen’ Amaryllis bulb (hippeastrum spp.) from Sheridan Nurseries and it is finally in full bloom, and it is a very big beautiful bloomer. I purchased the bulb on sale for $9.98.

This variety of Amaryllis is a new introduction from Holland; it has beautiful cherry red and white striped blooms with a bright chartreuse throat and grows very tall. This beauty grew to around 30″ in height.

When I planted the bulb back in November, I mixed it into a large clear vase with Paperwhites. The Paperwhites bloomed several weeks ago, so once the Amaryllis was ready to shine the Paperwhites were tired and messy looking and distracted from the gorgeous flowers. See the photo below.

The messy look the spent Paperwhites were creating was really driving me nuts so I decided to clean up the look of our fireplace mantle by cutting the Amaryllis flower stem from the bulb and placed it in a different clear vase with a few rocks in the vase. I moved a few other objects around and gave the mantle a fresh styled look.

For tricks and tips on keeping cut Amaryllis stems fresh check out this past Wednesday’s Flowers post.