Here is what I saw two days before my departure:
I decide to try to force it a little by placing it under some kitchen lights that give off a lot of heat. By the afternoon, I see it is working slowly:
The next day, the flower begins to open:
And the morning of my departure, I finally got to see at least one of the flowers. I didn't know if it would be dead by the time I came back or if I would miss the entire show:
But I didn't! When I got home from my trip - a full week later - I was welcomed with three beautiful blooms on one of the plants:
And the other Amaryllis is just starting to open too!:
This one is an all white variety with a thin red line around the edges of the flower petals. So very pretty and delicate looking:
Thank you, Amaryllis, for welcoming me home with such splendor!