Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida. Amaryllis flower in the late winter through early spring in central Florida.
For several weeks central Florida kept getting cold spells as storms crossed the country. Not cold like up north but below our average for winter. I wasn’t out seeing the neighborhood or noticing neighbor’s gardens. This last weekend it warmed up and I’ve been riding and going out in the car a lot this last week.
I know spring is arriving as early amaryllis are in bloom in a neighbor’s yard. February starts the show as seen with the amaryllis bed around a tree. My amaryllis are late bloomers and it could be the end of March or April before they start to bloom.
This variety of amaryllis are not a dark red like the classic ones.
I hope these blooms lift the spirits of those in snowy, dark days. Spring will come.
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