During last winter I happened to look at our clump of Zantedeschia and saw that the rhizome was looking rather mushy. Fearing that I would lose it in the frost and snow, I covered it with horticultural fleece, cardboard and conifer clippings. Eventually when all danger of frost has passed and protection removed, up came one shoot, followed by another and another. It seemed that all I was going to have were lots of leaves this year, never mind , at least it was still alive. Suddenly, a week ago, up came this one flower spike, absolutely beautiful.
The next day it had uncurled slightly – just a hint of what was to come.
Next day, just a bit more – so chic, so understated !
By now it was fully uncurled and you could see absolute perfection in just one flower.
Whichever angle you look at it, it is so beautiful, so pristine, almost looks unreal.
Nature has made the most amazing flower. I know, in South Africa, Zantedeschias grow in roadside ditches, and I have seen thousands in a stream in the garden at Ninfa in Italy but I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful flower than this one which managed to survive our last dreadful winter.
In previous years, our clump has had at least 15 flower spikes and has never needed winter protection but hopefully, next year we will be back to full production once more.