The Red Amaryllis

Amarylis in bloom at Sensible Gardening and Living

Well, it finally happened. Our Christmas amaryllis (hippeastrum) is blooming. Not in full bloom yet, but 2 gorgeous redder than red blooms have opened. This one is a real knockout! I tried taking a million pictures to capture this red beauty but either my camera or my lacking photography skills have made it impossible to capture it’s true brilliance. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Amarylis / Sensible Gardening and Living
Amarylis / Sensible Gardening and Living

I’ve read before that in photography the color “RED” in flowers is difficult to capture. Apparently this is one of the problems with digital photography. It seems the camera sensor does not capture reds particularly well, especially on the automatic setting. There are sites that go into great technical detail about this but of which I understand very little.

I have the same problem when photographing red daylilies for our catalogue. Some of the most outstanding cultivars in our farm collection are in the red tones and I always feel that my photos never do them justice.

Daylily seeds gathered from last years crosses have been planted for this year and some are starting to show great growth. These seedlings will go into the nursery bed this spring and then I will patiently wait for about 3 years to see them in action. Those that turn out to be great performers with beautiful faces will be given a permanent spot in the collection, the others will grace the compost pile.

Looking through some of my past photos of favorite daylilies, I thought you might enjoy looking at a few as well.


Daylily 'Barbarian Princess' / Sensible Gardening and Livine
Daylily ‘Barbarian Princess’ / Sensible Gardening and Livine


Daylily 'Dragon So' / Sensible Gardening and Living
Daylily ‘Dragon So’ / Sensible Gardening and Living


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About Lynne Cherot

It's been a life time of gardening and many years of working in the nursery trade, but now I enjoy exploring and creating in my own gardens and farm fields . I'm passionate about gardening and work alongside my husband who takes care of our apiary. Bees & flowers make a great team! Hopefully by sharing my garden knowledge, your gardening will be easier and more enjoyable.
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3 thoughts on “The Red Amaryllis

  1. I’ve always felt you need to be skeptical of colors in plant catalogues – and not just red. Stella d’oro is completely unrecognizable in this year’s Wayside Gardens catalogue, for example. But enough of that –
    I adore Ferris Wheel! Is that a spider lily?

  2. The Red Amaryllis is glorious and I love seeing your daylily babies. Had to check where you were in order to gauge my tomato seedlings – sowed them today!

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