While in Ohio, the amaryllis was a great way to help forget winter. When the temperatures were cold out (usually after the first of the year), I would plant a new amaryllis or pull my old amaryllis out of the basement. Before we left, I had 5+ bulbs I planted every year. They truly did bring a smile to my face.
Now, in Texas, the amaryllis can stay outside all year. My only responsibility is making sure they have a place to live and get watered occasionally. The only downside is the red amaryllis seem to be the best bulbs for blooming. While I still love the hug, monstrous, red blooms, the peppermint amaryllis is still my favorite. (Note: I do consistently like pink in my flowers.) Maybe if I plan well, I can save some room in the hood for a pinkish amaryllis next year.