Thanks very much to the good folks at Shannon’s for getting back to us about the unknown bulb in the last post and for sending us a picture. It turns out it’s Eremurus aka foxtail lilly or desert candle. Matthew Wilson mentioned in a piece in The Telegraph from 2003 (here) that “The plant grows away quickly, forming a rosette of blueish-green leaves up to 4ft high, from which the flower spike begins to rise during late April. By late May the spike will have risen as high as 9ft high, more typically 7ft or so, topped with densely packed buds that gradually relax into flower.” It’s definitely one mad plant and one that’s well worth £7.99!
Thanks again to all at Shannon’s and I will be sending pictures when it’s in bloom, great stuff!