March 2008 – My two daughters visited from the mainland, along with my son-in-law, Harry. One of the plants they gave me was a Barbados Lily (Hippeastrum puniceum). It was beautiful, until it finally faded and died completely back to the ground. I didn’t know if it would make it.
July 2008 – There was a slight amount of growth and I was ecstatic! You can see the dry top of a few bulbs, plus one small green leaf is starting to show.
August 2008 – More leaves had appeared and it looked like something was going to happen, but it stayed this way for the next four months.
January 2009 – A few days ago, I noticed a tall stem sticking up from the leaves and hoped it would produce flowers, but it didn’t have anything on the top except for a slight swelling.
January 17, 2009 – Here is what I saw when I woke up! They are beautiful – worth the wait in this harsh geography. Ten months from death to rebirth.
Welcome to our world, Barbados Lily! You did it!