In one of the more neglected patches of my garden, I have a number of amaryllis belladonna or naked lady bulbs. These bulbs may not be known to all flower gardeners. They are called “naked ladies” because the bulb stems have no leaves, hence them being naked. Every March, they spring up, reminding me of their presence. I’m very lucky that other gardeners gave them to be because they are incredibly expensive to buy. My cousin Shireen gave me a white bulb that someone from her work gave her. A lady that belongs to a garden club I used to go to gave me a number of pink bulbs, which are the more traditional variety.
This week, we have a wwoofer from Germany, Veronika, who is arriving. Once she is settled in, I’m going to get her to help me divide the bulbs. After being in the same place for around five years, the bulbs are starting to get a bit congested and are not flowering as well. The ground is very hard and often has grass growing over it, so once the bulbs are dug out, we’ll add some compost and fertiliser to the area, dig it over and then separate the bulbs and replant them, with better spacing between them.
I’ve put together some facts about amaryllis belladonna or naked lady bulbs, taken from this site