My Christmas tree and other decorations came down today and what with the rain and dreary skies outside, it had the potential to leave the house feeling dull and uninspiring.
Fortunately though, in my conservatory I have a very welcome splash of colour in the form of the amaryllis I planted in October.
Only two of the four Red Lion bulbs that I planted early specifically for Christmas actually flowered in time. The other two are yet to come, but I have been enjoying the colour nevertheless, particularly as seen through my macro lens.
I think this is my favourite of the five varieties I planted. It is Temptation and I am just loving these dramatic flowers. It is huge and needs to be propped up against the window to stop it toppling over.
This is Apple Blossom and in spite of being planted three weeks later than Red Lion, it flowered for Christmas and is still going strong with another stem ready to take over when this one has finished.
The other interloper to the festive flowering was Pink Passion. It is absolutely huge and has eight flowers on it making it incredibly top-heavy.
Finally, this is Fairytale and is going to be the last to flower. It has the smallest of the flowers of them all but it is very tall.
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