The globose green fruits of Haemanthus albiflos that appear from late spring to early summer after the autumn flower dies away, are fleshy and aromatic berries that will change colour as they ripen. Some spent flower remains still cling to the fruits in picture. The green lines on the whitish bract surfaces below the fruits are clearly displayed. Or is it white lines on green, similar to the dilemma of describing a zebra?
Every plant that grows from seed poses some challenge to the gardener. Approximating the growing conditions presented to the plant in its habitat may be easy when the interval of acceptable conditions is wide, exacting when th emargins for error are narrow.
The chances taken in planting, given the shortcomings prevailing in home base climate, soil content and uncertainty about watering may cause apprehension while waiting for the plant to respond. The wonder of each success brings a satisfying breakthrough for the gardener, a small increment in personal alignment with nature.
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