Hi. I have tried to create threads with ongoing comment but seems to me this is not wanted - just one and two liners - questions etc - fair enough. I would like to continue posting but think just similar "shorties" are appropriate. So yer gonna get my "Keenisms" - i.e. from time to time some of my little stories and reflections stemming from over the years. Should this not be liked then please say and I will walk. First is ref Eucomis - or Pineapple Lily and a little story surrounding this. Starts in 2011 and my sister arrived with a pot containing a lot of very shrivelled and unhappy looking foliage. Seems that whatever this is was there when they moved in and it was not something they liked so it was headed for the "brown bin" - this being the Councils garden refuse container. Did I know what it was - well yes I did (bighead) because there was just this shrivelled stem of an ex flower still with the "Topknot " just recognisable. I will give it a go and I did and thereby hangs this story. Out of the pot and trimmed of all that very shrivelled foliage - placed in the shade and the almost equally shrivelled large bulb given several fine sprays of water hoping to recover it. Seemed to be appreciated so a very special position in the hottest part of the garden was allocated to it and prepared, this was just side to a largeish Thuya and gave it partial shade during the hottest part of the day but sunshine otherwise. It was left there for the winter and in 2012 did put out a few leaves and also just two flowers. Nuirsed it all year and came the winter off to sleep it went again - that was 2012. Very happy to say that this year 2013 it is going great guns with a nice mass of healthy foliage and quite a number of flower stems with the typical "Topknots" already formed. It is all systems go for a good show and I am so pleased - nay delighted. I am wide open to being called a "nut" or a "crank" or both here when I say this but I do not care at all. I am sure that whilst standing near to it looking at this once absolute wreck of a plant and seeing it now looking so robust and healthy I can here a little voice saying Thank you - Can't be bad can it. Satisfaction for sure. Will send some pics.