Here is the long-awaited Amaryllis. I have had the bulb since Thanksgiving and watched it sit and sit and sit until a few weeks ago. Then a tiny green leaf appeared. It grew so slowly that I expected to find it dried up and dead whenever I checked it. Then the bud appeared. I still didn't dare hope that it would keep going and produce a flower. I didn't dare touch it or move it. I watered it once, fearful that I had killed it, but it was a very small drink. Then another bud appeared next to the first one. I think the plant meant to produce leaves, since the blossoms sit on a single bare stem about ten inches tall, but made a mistake. It is beautiful just the same, and the second bud (behind this one) will open soon. I hope the first one stays healthy so that both of them will be there at the same time.
I am thrilled that after three years of aborted attempts( meaning I looked at the bulbs several times a day), I finally have a flower.