The Red Amaryllis

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