Thanks to several collaborative projects I visit the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley on a regular basis. The big display greenhouse is maintained by Peter Jones, seen here in front of the waterfall display, and his team who work tirelessly to keep the displays current and interesting. Peter is helping us to source some new plant material for the tropical glasshouse project.
If I have time when visitng Wisley I frequently walk to the excellent glasshouse display and refresh my knowledge of tropical plant families. This closely managed display always throws up surprises and the plants in the public areas are often supplemented by interesting things from behind the scenes. On this vist Amorphophallus bulbifer caught my eye. This diminutive relative of A. titanum is far less often seen in cultivation and has the added advantage that it is rather less smelly.