In this previous entry to my garden blog I posted about waiting on this particular Amaryllis to bloom. Today the wait was finally over as it decided to bloom for me and allowed me to snap a few pictures of it.
This past Christmas Target carried these bulbs from Smith And Hawken that ranged in price from $6.99 to $29.99. At the local Target there were two bulbs for sale for $29.99 they were a Minerva and Mont Blanc. They were exceptionally large bulbs about the size of the JUMBO Amaryllis bulbs from Breck's it came with a glass container and some colored marbles.
I didn't want to pay that much for an Amaryllis I wasn't desperate to have so I waited for the after Christmas sale and picked this bulb up for about $10.00. I had to go to two different stores to find it once they were discounted but I'm now glad I did. It's a really nice flower and I'd been wanting one for a while. Whenever I bought an Amaryllis kit from a big box store that was suppose to be Minerva it turned out to be something else.
When I was pondering buying this Amaryllis I posted on the Amaryllis forum and someone pointed out that on the product picture the flowers look a little different than the average Minerva and a quick glance at the Minerva flowers on Google seem to indicate that they were hybridized to look a little exotic. On this particular Minerva the flower petals are pinched
All in all I think I came out on top with this purchase. It will allow me to play around with crossing some of my other bulbs and this particular bulb already has an offset. The way I see it I got two bulbs for being cheap and waiting. You can right-click the photo to open in a new window or tab and see the full sized image if you want to compare it to the Minerva pics on Google.