'Tis the season and it's not Christmas!
It's the season for Amaryllis, and you'll see this gorgeous, elegant beauties in many a holiday decor too. Their bright, intense colours and tall bearing, make them both great gifts to bring for dinner or as table decor for your own little dinner at home. The Amaryllis means to 'sparkle' in Greek, and their dramatic sure will sparkle in any space.
A little fun Greek mythology, brings us the story of a love-struck maiden who longed for the handsome but cold-hearted Alteo. Desperate to win his love, she pierced her heart with a golden arrow and visited his cottage daily, shedding droplets of blood along the way. On the 30th day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path – Alteo was enamoured, Amaryllis' heart was healed, giving this bloom its name.
Here're 3 tips to keep in mind if you're picking out your own fresh cut blooms from the flower market / florist!
TIP 1: Avoid squishing the stems as they are hollow!
TIP 2: Make sure you use a sturdy vase, as amaryllis have big bloom heads and need the good support
TIP: Consider decorating your Christmas tree with this beautiful bloom! I'd cut them on the day of any celebration/ dinner and insert them into the branches to feature these blooms in a different way.These stunning flowers are believed to mean pride, strength and determination as they stand tall above all other winter blooms.
Wrap up and give an amaryllis flower to someone you're proud of or who you feel has done great things in the past 12 months!! Perfect way to wrap up the crazy year we have been going through this past 2020 AND 2021.
As usual, we end our TIPS for amaryllis with some colour symbols for you to refer to:
- Pink amaryllis – Like most flowers that grow in this pretty shade – they are believed to symbolise love & friendship.
- Purple amaryllis – Amaryllis flowers in deep shades of purple are associated with royalty and spirituality. Great for the friend who is all about aligning chakras and reading tarot cards
- White amaryllis – In some cases, the white amaryllis represents sympathy flowers when mourning a loved one. Send white amaryllis to someone who has lost someone close to them
- Orange amaryllis – The fiery orange shades of this flower symbolise happiness and good health. A great choice for someone who you want to send get well wishes to
- Yellow amaryllis – Send a wish of good luck with a yellow amaryllis flower, whether it be for an exam they're prepping or if they're waiting for some big news