I am fascinated by shade plants - especially the indigenous South African bulb varieties. I bought a winter red hot poker or forest lily bulb from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden's shop last year, with no indication of colour. In february I noticed the tip of a flower bud appearing - like the spear of a baby asparagus.
Since then, it has developed, ever so slowly.
Even though there is thick snow on the mountains of Ceres and the nights here are very cold, the garden is waking up...
The tiny green pineapples that are lachenalia buds are poking from the earth, the tightly coiled pincushion buds are unpinning and the aloes continue being their magnificent selves.