I love watching my Amaryllis grow day by day, and  in the last few days it has become a real monster!


The Amaryllis, or Belladonna Lily, is really too grand for its pretty-pretty name, which also does not reflect its origins, sounding more Italian to me. Originally various species came from South Africa, or the Caribbean and South America. The latter are now called ‘Hippeastrum’.

Hippeastrum – I like this name better… to me ‘hippeastrum’ conjures up images of flower power, monstrous and clashing colours, and exotic dances!

Is there a flower name that captures your imagination? Let me know what  it is!