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Amaryllis and a Garden Kitty: Number 4 in a Garden Photo Series

Updated on November 16, 2015
This star spangled amaryllis gives stunning spring blooms.
This star spangled amaryllis gives stunning spring blooms. | Source

Indoor, Outdoors, Amaryllis Blooms Grace Any Spot In Any Season

Who would have guessed such beauty could come from such a knotty little bulb?

All over the country this bulb flowers in an impressive array of colors. My bright red shown in the photo montage below is a gift from a friend’s garden.

Although red is often given at Christmas, the deep red with a white stripe on this bloom reminds me of our flag. This plant is a fabulous subject for photography because Amaryllis is a timeless garden plant.


Getting or Giving--Either Way, Amaryllis is a Great Gift!

I grew amaryllis in Florida, again thanks to a friend’s gift, but had not seen them up here in the cold north of the Carolinas until my friend showed me her stand on the back fence of her property. It was an exciting moment!

I would love to have a stand of these red with some solid white amaryllis around the outside of my mailbox planter, and then add blue balloon flower around their outside edge. The problem, though, is that balloon flower blooms later than the amaryllis. If any one knows of a spring blooming blue flower for a project I have in mind it would be great to hear from you.

It’s possible that I could replant the amaryllis each year, timing the planting with the balloon flowers, but it’s not likely that I could attend to that correctly on a consistent basis. Maybe when life slows down, or I’m able to add a gardener to my staff...ha.


Now's The Time To Get Started Growing Amaryllis


Enough of this rambling. If you’ve never grown amaryllis bulbs, now’s the time to plan on getting them started. They make great indoor plants and they work beautifully outside in the garden. They are hardy, and though they only bloom once in the spring, they put on such a grand show that they are worth the wait each year.

First blooms dancing in the sun with peonies, snap dragons and more.
First blooms dancing in the sun with peonies, snap dragons and more. | Source

A Planting Tip


Planting amaryllis bulbs with mosquito plant leaves seems to keep the squirrels from digging too near them. Citronella plant and other strongly scented leaves would work just as well, I'm sure.


En masse amaryllis are breathtaking, yet a single one in an elegant pot by a sunny window makes a dramatic statement. They come in colors ranging from black to white, with variegated varieties to choose from. Some bloom earlier than others, most can be forced to rebloom. There are singles and doubles, miniatures and jumbos, peacocks and butterflies, and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

There is a lot to know and love about this flower, more than I can piece together in a decent hub. However, you can easily do a search on everything you want to know about this darling of the garden. Just google in all the "how tos" you can think of for them--words like plant, grow, propagate, store, rebloom will each give you a great research start on amaryllis.

Once established in a garden bed, the foliage makes a wonderful background for bright summer blooms. It is upright and lilly-like, as are the blooms. It has a rich green color that will highlight all of your other flower colors. Supple arches in the leaves move gently with the wind to give texture in a garden, even though the leaves themselves are fairly solid in color and smooth to the touch.


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Red Amaryllis in BloomCould you please provide the queen with a drink?What are you going to do with this jungle out here?I'm waiting patiently...you know that could change at any moment.Madam, it is about time.  This kitty has waited long enough.Amaryllis dancing in the sun!
Red Amaryllis in Bloom
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Could you please provide the queen with a drink?
Could you please provide the queen with a drink? | Source
What are you going to do with this jungle out here?
What are you going to do with this jungle out here? | Source
I'm waiting patiently...you know that could change at any moment.
I'm waiting patiently...you know that could change at any moment. | Source
Madam, it is about time.  This kitty has waited long enough.
Madam, it is about time. This kitty has waited long enough. | Source
Amaryllis dancing in the sun!
Amaryllis dancing in the sun! | Source

Amaryllis and Kitty Photos


If I am able to put my mailbox bed of amaryllis with blue flowers together I’ll try to add a photo of the finished product to this hub. In the meantime I hope you enjoy my small montage of amaryllis photos, along with some pictures of my best garden buddy.

So sweet and curious she is. I'm sure it is because she was raised by our precious daughter. Wanting to poke her nose in every hole I dig or peek into my wheelbarrow full of who knows what, she is a playful and gentle companion as I work.

If I put a tarp down for cuttings I must be careful to remember that she is quite possibly hiding under a fold before I move it or we will both be surprised with a sudden jolt. If I move something into my wheelbarrow I need to make room for her to hop in and thoroughly inspect it.

Liking to drink running water more than from a bowl, our kitty meows and curls around my feet until I stop what I am doing to provide that for her when I am watering any of my plants. Notice her pink tongue in the shot of her at the rock. Spoiled cat or smart cat, or both?

One reason she likes my amaryllis is because squirrels like to plant their nuts close to them. It's a strange habit. Why not in a safer or easier spot? To their own peril they persist in this so I have taken to burying mosquito plant leaves in the area and it seems to be working. Squirrels like that smell no better than mosquitoes do!




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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      This is a great hub which I am sure that many others besides me will benefit fron reading.

      Thank you for sharing. and I vote up.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      HI

      they are amazing plants, here we give them as Christmas gifts, they would not grow outside in the uk I think; the cat would be okay!

      tony

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Eiddwen:

      Thanks much for reading and commenting. So appreciate you visit and vote!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos. And they grow in Florida? I need to look at that - especially if they are able to thrive through neglect. Up and useful, beautiful!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Tonymead60:

      Their ability to do well indoors is one of their most endearing qualities!

      Our kitty-cat needs to stay home...yours would squash her! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Lynn S. Murphy:

      Thanks kindly! I'm enjoying studying and practicing photography. Today's cameras make it easy, but I'm learning that some knowledge and skill are still needed.

      In Florida, I've known amaryllis to retain their foliage through out the winter, if it was a mild winter.

      So appreciate that you stopped by and shared your input!

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Yes, amaryllis is an oft-given Christmas gift, here in the UK.

      They are certainly beautiful, but it would be nice to see them planted out in the garden, in a large group!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Trish_M!

      There are so many comments from the UK about the Christmas amaryllis I must mention that there is a lot of good information about how to rebloom amaryllis. It's fairly easy to do and so much fun!

      If I can get a photo of my friend's large stand of these in bloom I will add it to this hub just for you! :) In the meantime, maybe you could do a photo search with the words "amaryllis en masse" to get a hint of what they are like in a large bed.

      Thanks kindly for stopping by!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Amaryllis are among the most beautiful flowers around. I would love to have a yard full of them.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      They really are! Regal and elegant barely describe them!

      Since they pretty much take care of themselves you could start putting some in so they can spread over the summer to give you blooms n' blooms next year. That's what I'm thinking about here... :)

      Appreciate that you stopped by for a visit!

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks, RTalloni :)

      I did find some nice photos. Yes, lovely in a group!

      They look rather like lilies, I think. Those I can grow in the garden, but I have to be careful because we, too, have a curious feline and lilies are, apparently, toxic to cats.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you found nice shots, Trish_M. Amaryllis are very like lillies, but I'm not sure about the toxicity. Indoors our kitty would get into plants that are not good for her, but outdoors she stays away from them. I suppose that with so many plants that are safe for her she isn't venturing for a relationship with the ones that are unsafe as long as she is outdoors. However, I don't know if all cats respond this way. Maybe a vet could tell us....calling all vets to respond!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Amaryllis have come and gone in norther FL and I had a long rows of them. I am very impressed still with your photographic skill. Awesome hub.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Ohhhh! :) Did you get any photos?

      So glad you enjoyed my shots. I'm rolling lighting issues around the back of my mind as I'm not a good judge of that yet.

      Thanks so much for stopping by with your input!

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi again :)

      I am guessing that cats are careful about anything poisonous, but I think, with lilies, the problem is licking off the pollen, when cleaning themselves.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hey! Thanks for the info! I do grow an exotic lilly, but it quickly grows to about 3' high. Come to think of it though, I've never even seen her underneath its foliage, which is like a miniature rainforest by summer's end. Of course, she has many other hiding places so she doesn't have to bother herself with that jungle. The amaryllis is in a large pot, placing the flower fairly high.

      Thanks very much for that tip, though. I did not know it, and others may not, either.

      Been meaning to tell you that your avatar (I think that is what it is called?) is adorable. :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      The green thumb strikes again! Thank you R. for another very useful hub, I have another to bookmark. You do wonders in the garden that's for sure. Good job.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You make me smile, Chatkath. My friend helped me through the first phase of a difficult time by helping me learn more about gardening. How little I knew at that time! I'm thankful to be able to share a little with others.

      Thanks so much for your visit and input. It is encouraging to hear from friends!

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you RTalloni :) :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      :)

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