In the conservatory, my Amaryllis
'Papillio' is in flower. This is a spectacular bulb which is also often known as Hippeastrum. They usually (but not always) flower before the leaves
emerge, throwing up tall stout stems with several buds in a ring on the top. This variety is one I bought last autumn, so I haven't seen it in flower until
now. It certainly is a beauty with its lime green and maroon striped flowers which look as if someone has pinched them at the back to make them oval rather
than round! I hope the flowers have been pollinated, because I'd like some more of these!