Hippeastrums always seem an extravagance in autumn when I am putting my card details onto the order form. But now that the eight varieties I bought are starting to bloom I am so glad I made the effort and was not mean. As usual, I avoided most of the big ones, and chose varieties with more interesting flowers, though there are some big flowers to come. So far the strange ‘Evergreen’ and spidery ‘Chico’ are at their prime and making ‘Appleblossom’ look like a hippo in comparison. With so little happening in the garden, apart from it getting wetter every day, I am pleased with their spectacular blooms.