But I'm digressing - the point of all this is that when we emptied the old house of its contents, some things got picked up and taken along with us almost on a whim. Gran's plant present was one of those things.
It's sat doing nothing much except gracefully accepting an occasional watering from Mrs The Millbrooker ever since. So that's ten years of horticultural inactivity accounted for.
And now.....it's flowered again for the first time in perhaps twenty five years (Gran died in 1990 and it was certainly way before then that it last showed any colour other than green).Rather spectacular and showy - as the title of this piece suggests it's an amaryllis and I'm glad that Mrs The Millbrooker insisted that we rescue it from an uncertain future in a soon-to-be gentrified 1760s wreck that we'd just sold to a builder. Once these two flower heads have given their show, perhaps it'll be another twenty odd years before we see another - but I think it might be worth the wait. Just for the nostalgia value.