Have a guess in my gardening pop quiz


Simon's plant Ok all you gardening buffs out there, here’s a pop quiz for you!

In a pot at the back of my house, I have had some bulbs which I planted over four years ago. They have never flowered and this year I was giving up on them, even though I've been treating them with some of Richard Jackson's Flower Power, when suddenly a flower stem pops up. 

Now, this is a current blog and the flower has appeared at the very end of October and is likely to be at its best in November. The leaves pretty much stay green all year round, albeit they get a bit damaged with a heavy frost. The flowers are fragrant and come from a stem that's a bit like an Amaryllis. But does anyone know what these flowers are?!

Simon's garden plant So, if you have on your Percy Thrower hats, ahem, I mean your Richard Jackson hats, identify my plant. I’ll post some more pictures as it develops to give you some more clues but you have to put a name to it.
Now don’t ask Richard Jackson himself, or your bar bill will go through the roof! I wonder if Titchmarsh is cheaper!!?

Simon x


  1. Lindsay Marjoram November 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    I’m not Percy Thrower but my guess would be a Lily! Is there a prize?

  2. Jean November 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon, Is the plant a Nerine?

  3. Janet Scott November 9, 2009 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Dear Simon,
    I think the plant is an oleander

  4. Simon Biagi November 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lindsay
    Yes there is a prize but its not a Lilly!

  5. Simon Biagi November 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Not that familiar with a Nerine but thats not it either!!
    Simon X

  6. Simon Biagi November 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet
    the Oleander is a beautiful plant but this is less bush like and has blade like leaves more similar to a grass or lilly (which it isn’t!)
    Simon X

  7. sue anderson November 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    hi simon, it looks like Amaryllis belladonna to me..it’s a lovely plant. sue.

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