March 01, 2014

Amaryllis 'Benfica'

 Second year bloom. It grew last summer and rested in the fall before I repotted it.

The plants around it are "Appleblossom' 
The reddish bud nearest right is in its third year to bloom.

Benfica, quite a beauty even with Epi foliage hanging overhead.

Is it Benfica or Benefica? Depends on whether you are speaking in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese I think. Or maybe it's two different words and meanings. Benefica means charitable or beneficent. Benfica is the name of a sports stadium in Portugal. I can find no history on the name of this bulb. Different vendors give it different spelling.

Mors Benefica

Give me to die unwitting of the day,
And stricken in Life's brave heat, with senses clear:
Not swathed and couched until the lines appear
Of Death's wan mask upon this withering clay,
But as that old man eloquent made way
From Earth, a nation's conclave hushed anear;
Or as the chief whose fates, that he may hear
The victory, one glorious moment stay.
Or, if not thus, then with no cry in vain,
No ministrant beside to ward and weep,
Hand upon helm I would my quittance gain
In some wild turmoil of the waters deep,
And sink content into a dreamless sleep
(Spared grave and shroud) below the ancient main.

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