The Arum Lilies (Zantedeschia) have just started to unfurl from their green pointy stage, and the flowers are in flawless condition. I took a closer look at the yellow stick in the middle (spadix – I had to google ‘yellow stick in arum lily’).

Arum Lilies SBA 1 Arum Lilies SBA 2 Arum Lilies SBA 3 Arum Lilies SBA 4Arum Lilies SBA 7

Looking down the spadix, the tightly packed nobbles (nodules?) are beginning to open out into strange little mushroomy shapes. I have no idea what’s going on there, except that it is presumably to do with pollination. Strangely, the bees don’t seem attracted to the flower, which may be poisonous to them.Arum Lilies SBA 5 Arum Lilies SBA 6

Spring. Time to reset the sundial to summertime. This armillary (or bow) sundial was made in Dorset, and rests on a chunk of cut cornish Delabole slate. If you are passing the quarry, they have a slate pile from which you can take offcuts.

Sundial SBA 1


  1. You are ahead of me! My Arums are not out yet. I keep a special long vase for them when I want to be elegant. It was lost on one friend who thought they were artificial. Amelia


    1. I like the idea of growing wonderful blemish-free arums, showing them to their full advantage in a particularly arum-appropriate vase… and have them mistaken for artificial. Maybe it’s a kind of compliment – so wonderful that they were too good to be true. Or maybe a lost friend full stop?! RH


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