Dear Sue, a great article again! My mother used to like a poinsettia for Christmas and my father an Amaryllis ( I call them Hippeastrums). It was about the only thing he could grow in the winter apart from Hyacinths, and they do look fantastic.
I took the wife to Keukenhof in Holland, this amazing place was what my wife wanted to see, as she is tulip lover. I was bored after hours of seeing untold tulips, as I have planted enough of the things.
They have a big glass area for shows and displays. When we went, there was a Hippeastrum display on. It really was quite stunning, everywhere you looked there were hundreds of them by each of the top Dutch growers, on separate stands. Colours I had never ever seen, compared to the boxes with them in you buy over here.
They can as you say be saved with a bit of patience, and are well worth the effort.
Royal Colours Amaryllis has a Facebook page and they have some truly jaw dropping photos of some of the new varieties on there. I've recently ordered Orange Rascal, Helios and Viridi Rascal. I've grown these for years, they really got me through the Maine winters!
My Night Star opened it's first flower of this season yesterday :)