I bought a Hippeastrum, or Amaryllis, bulb in a box, from the garden centre, in fact I bought three, one for me, one for my daughter and one for my son, to give to them when I saw them at Christmas along with various other things. We are all having a wonderful time watching our flower stalks growing, photographing them and sending the photos to each other. I started mine off in mid December and it is just now that the first flower is fully open, patience is a virtue!
I would say that they are well worth the wait and this is just the first flower spike. The bud on the second one is just starting to split open, so soon I will have more lovely flowers to enjoy. Looking down at the huge bulb, where the leaves are now forming, I’m not sure, but I think that maybe a third stem is starting to form!
I think these bulbs have been worth every penny spent on them, they are lasting far longer than a bunch of flowers would and causing far more interest and comments from visitors. I can see me buying more of them in future, but now I must read up on how to keep them going so that they will do it all again next year!