Monday, April 1, 2013

A ~ Z of Marvelousness: A is for Amaryllis


Amaryllis

  • Amaryllis Belladonna – even the name sounds marvelous...
  • One tall, elegant stem and a cluster of huge, red funnel-shaped flowers.
  • In Greek mythology,  Amaryllis was a shy shepherdess in love with a guy who only loved flowers. Because he would only love someone who brings him a new flower, Amaryllis pierced her heart daily for a month and from her blood sprang a crimson flower.
  • It means “to sparkle”…true inner beauty emanating outwards
  • And native of the Western Cape region of South Africa (as am I)

17 comments:

  1. How beautiful. All of my bulbs were infected with mealy bugs this fall and rather than risk another attack on my orchids I had to pitch them. Thanks for sharing this photo.

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    1. Glad you like it Denise! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your A - Z posts also!

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  2. How gorgeous! I looked through some of your other photos and love them. I do not see a place to subscribe or join your blog though...am I missing something?

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    1. Hi Tracy - thanks for stopping by. I don't have the subscribe button on my Blog but feel free to comment!

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    2. Hi Tracy, I've added the follow button so please feel free to sign up! Thanks!

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  3. That is either true love or stalking... piercing your heart so that it would bleed and a flower springs forth. I think that if any band in the 80s had heard about this, a song would have been written, a video made, and it would have topped the charts into a Hit. I imagine it would have stayed at #1 for "like forever" and everyone would know it... the song and video, not the myth behind the whole thing. They could even called the song Amaryllis. I can see it all in my head perfectly. Alas, where is a time machine when you need one????

    In other news, I love your Theme. It's a marvelous idea.

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    1. Thanks Robin - your comment made me laugh! I can just imagine it...

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  4. Great story! Don't you love Greek mythology? It's so dramatic and over the top. Can't wait to see what else you have in store this month.

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    1. Thanks Molly! Love Greek Mythology, never a dull moment. Here's a Chicago pic for you http://wearethescatterlings.blogspot.com/2013/02/view.html

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  5. Lovely shot! And a lovely story!

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    1. Glad you like it Deepa - thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Glad you like it Cathy - thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I love amaryllis for their sheer in-your-face-ness. Thanks for brightening my day.

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    1. They are one of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by Hunter!

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  8. What a lovely story, never heard that before.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  9. I love Amaryllis -I have a gorgeous hot pink and white candy-striped one.

    Pauleen @ http://troppont.wordpress.com
    A to Z 2013

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