An Amaryllis 'Apple Blossom' with 2 blooms open, 7 more blooms on their way to opening and more flower stalks forming at the end of February. This bulb was placed in the house about 1 month ago. The other bulb was left outside in the cold and has not even leafed out yet. (San Antonio, Tx.)
That's a fancy background you have there, Hazel. How do you get so many blooms? Mine usually make a maximum of 2 stalks with 4 flowers on each stalk. Mine are just starting to show signs of growth (in storage). Maybe your longer growing season helps increase flower buds? special fertilizer?
I have noticed that appleblossom is my most reliable and heaviest bloomer, with the largest flowers.
I took the photo with my neighbor holding the plant's pot tilted back in order to see the bloom. We did this behind my car. The background was not a pretty sight to see with my neighbor's car and mine behind the plant which caused a distraction from the plant. I thought the bloom needed a nicer background because it is so beautiful.I had a lot of fun creating backgrounds which I haven't done in quite some time.
My neighbor's sweet mother gave me the bulbs last summer and they are large bulbs. I haven't done anything to them except for watering them because I haven't had them that long. I'll ask his mother about them when she comes back to visit. She lives in Louisiana.
P.S. I just posted a photo of my 3 sweet olive trees about 15 minutes ago for you to be able to see them. I don't know when it will be posted, but be on the lookout.
I will be watching for the sweet olive pics...they are scratch and sniff, right?
When I went to the orchid show in St. Louis, I also went through the camellia conservatory. There were 2 large sweet olives blooming and the smell was heavenly.
Can't wait to try growing my own!