Amaryllis belladona in Connecticut

William Aley
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:34:14 PST
When I lived in West Seattle, WA. Naked Ladies Amaryllis belladonna is  
almost a weed. Homes of days gone by were lost to the foundations yet  
in late summer the pink blooms would appear from the long forgotten  
gardens. We learned that the best time to transplant the bulb in when  
it is in full bloom. The clay soil is almost solid in our West  
Seattle's Summer drought- usually 4 weeks of it. With determination we  
managed to transplant long established clumps of the plant with  
repeated blooms the next year. After moving to the East coast my  
singular bulb has languished for several years with no sign of a bloom  
yet.  Too wet - Too cold.

Silver Spring, MD

On Feb 16, 2009, at 2:13 PM, Judy Glattstein wrote:

> The first time I saw Amaryllis belladonna in California, one  
> September,
> I was asking my husband to stop at each sighting. When I saw a 200-ft
> long driveway solid pink on both sides I finally calmed down. If  
> memory
> serves, that was the same trip where the vase of flowers on the  
> check-in
> desk at the Best Western in Davis, CA was Lycoris aurea. Good trip.
> Anyhow, to return to Jim's question of how did I protect the winter
> foliage of Amaryllis belladonna - I didn't. It was under the roof
> overhang rather close to the house wall and planted deep in the  
> ground.
> The soil stayed dry, and if there was snow I just shoveled more snow
> over the leaves.
> Lycoris radiata in the open garden would languish, diminish, and die
> after about 3 years. Should have moved it up by the house.
> Jim, let me know if you want me to excavate my garden journal from way
> back when and try to unearth more details.
> Judy
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