From “Amaryllis Through the Centuries” in Amaryllis by Starr Ockenga:
“Victorian volumes devoted to decoding the language of flowers attribute to the amaryllis characteristics ranging from haughtiness, pride, and determination to timidity and shyness. In her Flora’s Dictionary (1829) Mrs. Elizabeth W. Wirt, credited with assembling the first floral dictionary in America, gave the meaning as ‘Splendid Beauty.’ A name with such romantic connotations, even contradictions, seems fitting for the queen of all bulbs.”
When Heaven’s high vault condensing clouds deform,
Fair Amaryllis flies the incumbent storm;
Seeks, with unsteady step, the shelter’d vale,
And turns her blushing beauties from the gale.
This is the second of three posts showing black-and-white conversions of the color photos I uploaded to:
The first post in this black-and-white series is Red and Pink Amaryllis, in Black-and-White (1 of 3).
Thanks for taking a look!