>Update: It’s a Haemanthus albiflos! Interestingly, Wikipedia mentions that it “thrives on healthy neglect”. Which, here at Bergschloss Marcellina, is the order of the day. Special thanks to reader MK who knows a thing or two about flora.
There are four of these plants, nearly identical in size. When they first came into my care 4 summers ago, they all consisted of two oval leaves and nothing more. Since they didn’t “do” anything nor need much attention, I pretty much left them to their own devices most of the time.
Last summer, however, just before I left for 5 weeks in America, three of the things, for the first time, started to push up some sort of flowery shoots. By the time I returned it was all over.
But one of them waited until now, for whatever reason.
Like me, a late bloomer.