Ornithogalum magnum belongs to the 'Star of Bethlehem' family and is native to the Caucasus. It has a candle of white blooms, which are spectacular. Its strappy foliage, much like an Allium, is not a vision of beauty, but it is not as yellowed by bloom time as an Allium's foliage either. In this pot, I have paired with with a white-edged bedding geranium (Pelargonium), and purple lobelia and a purple leaved hibiscus.
In other news, I am a week away from taking a test for the Royal Horticultural Society test on plant classification, structure and function. This test will lead to a few others that add up to a RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. They are offering offering overseas testing for the next two years, so I am taking advantage of it! :) It has been a great opprotunity to read and understand many fundamentals of the plants that I love so much. As I grasp the processes and inner workings of plants, I have been surprised at the very practical implications. I am glad that it has enriched my understanding, not just bored me.
I would highly recommend one of the books I am studying from for all gardeners who are interested in knowing more about plant growth. It is Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. He tells about plant anatomy in a conversational style that is engaging and highly practical. It also has wonderful illustrations to explain all of the important concepts.
And, on the gardening front, I have more news coming soon... here is a peek :)