At 10:45 PM 8/13/2004 -0400, Eugene Zielinski wrote: >I have to disagree with Jim's assessment of Lycoris squamigera vs Amaryllis >belladonna. I think they are both beautiful in their own way. I didn't say Lycoris squamigera wasn't beautiful. But what I did imply is that Amaryllis belladonna is a lot more beautiful. Look carefully at those Lycoris flowers: they lack symmetry, they lack substance, the color is indefinite, and they stink - or to be more precise, they smell like vinyl. Now compare the Amaryllis on each of those points and try - ha! - to convince me that they are of comparable beauty. The Lycoris is a low class floozy compared to the Amaryllis. Jim McKenney email@example.com Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where this establishment is unfortunately spurned by the higher class patrons and is forced to make do with the floozies.