Mum's got this lovely spiral succulent type thing in her garden. It's been doing well for years and I often use it as the basis for some abstract work but this year - it's flowered and oh boy, what a show! The flower stem/bud/sprout thingy started off in a rather limp phallic manner but it's standing very proud now ;-) LOL
I love the soft effect on the close up shot so I'll pop over again and try to get some more of those - so dainty. The whole flower spike is about 12 inches tall (30 cm) and we've got a funny feeling the whole plant will die now.
We've had loads of really heavy rain this week so the iris' have been hammered but the rhododendron is in full bloom. Quite a bit paler than I expected after seeing the colour of the buds but it seems to be thriving in the extra wetness (just as well really)!