With my birthday being in November, I am often given an amaryllis at that time. This past year was no different and I potted it up at once. I can’t say that I am particularly fond of them for they produce one long flower stalk, which when the huge flower opens, leans precariously over one way or the other, threatening to tip the whole thing onto the floor. Every day you have to turn the pot towards the light, for they are phototropic, but once the flower is out, it is impossible to straighten it again, due to the weight of it.

As you can see, even with a brass support, it is leaning wildly and usually I place a huge dictionary besides the pot to prevent it from toppling right over.
It’s twenty-seven inches tall

Yes, it is quite beautiful, a lovely colour but still a huge nuisance
and non vale la pena, just not worth it

Now for the educational part of the program. Although commonly and erroneously called an amaryllis, this bulb is in fact a Hippeastrum.

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 70-75 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Carribean. Some species are grown for their large showy flowers. These plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis, an African genus in the same family.

Contrast this with:

Amaryllis is a monotypic (only one species) genus of plant also known as the Belladonna Lily or naked ladies. The single species, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest region near the Cape.

Now that wasn’t so painful was it.

A little award came my way recently. You make my day! It came from Ian Lidster who definitely deserves it. As well as being a professional journalist and writer he maintains a wonderfully entertaining blog. He wrote a newspaper column for many years and in my opinion there is no one like him to take an idea and run with it every which way, in a quietly humorous way. If you have not encountered Ian before take a look at The ‘gormful’ could rule if we’d let them? I was really looking for a hilarious one he wrote about sleeping nude but could not find it. Thanks for thinking of me Ian, I really appreciate it.

I want to apologize for this blog still being a bit sporadic and even more frivolous and less erudite than usual. At my age, you’d think I would have my act together. Maybe soon, maybe later. Who can say?