Today the first of my amaryllis blooms for the season opened. This is the variety 'Minerva'.
I tried to get one of these last year from BiMart, but the bulb I got was mislabled and turned out to be yet another 'Red Lion'. Seems like these cheap mass marketed bulbs are often jumbled up, because three times I've gotten a 'Red Lion' instead of the variety I was trying to buy ('Minerva' twice, 'Apple Blossom' once). So now I have four 'Red Lion' bulbs. Ah well, they're pretty too.
But I'm stubborn, and this time I was successful! I have a 'Minerva'! We'll see how the 'Apple Blossom' I bought this year turns out...
I love the way amaryllis flowers look like they are covered in diamond dust. They sparkle in the sun.