The bulb for this amaryllis was given to me by a student family in early December as a Christmas gift. I followed the instructions carefully, but for months it just wouldn't grow beyond the few initial spikes of leaves. I thought perhaps I had over-watered it initially, or hadn't watered it enough. Maybe it was too cold in the indoor garden room. I felt like Charlie Brown and his little Christmas tree: "I've killed it."
As a last ditch effort before throwing it away, I put it in a window that receives intense morning light. And the rest, as they say, is history. It came into full bloom three days ago, with five flowers and another shorter stalk with a bud that will offer more blossoms soon.
Thank goodness I didn't give up on it too soon! I do believe there's a profound life lesson in there somewhere, isn't there?