When we went to the Keukenoff gardens in April, we bought a couple of amaryllis bulbs as our souvenir. We planted them in late May and have lately been enjoyed these lovely blossoms.
While the bulbs weren't cheap (about $10 a piece) they are definitely of high quality and we've been enjoying the flowers for close to 3 weeks now. Certainly cheaper and longer lasting than a bouquet of cut flowers.
Since our visit to the Netherlands to see all the tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, etc, I have been pondering whether or not to purchase a bunch of bulbs for planting in our yard (in Virginia) next fall. I think the answer is yes.