Amaryllis belladona in Connecticut

Judy Glattstein
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:13:47 PST
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.


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