I have a pet Triffid. For those of you who haven't heard of these they arelarge carniverous plants which featured in the book, 'Day of the Triffids' by John Wyndham. When I was a kid the BBC did a television adaptation of it that scared the bejeezus out of me.
Basically it is a story about how these large carniverous plants break free (yep, they move) and attack humans as society crumbles after a meteor shower leaves the majority of the population blind. So it might seem weird that I have one on my kitchen windowsill. Well, actually it's an Amaryllis but it is a large plant and the flower does kinda look like a Triffid so that is what I have dubbed it.
My Triffid was a Christmas gift from my mother about five years ago and it has bloomed every year. It grows a long stem and then four blooms of the most beautiful orange burst open. It really brightened up my kitchen while it was in flower, especially this time of the year while we are waiting for spring to sprung.
I took the picture below when I came home from work the other day. The sun was streaming in through the window and I just had to get my camera. Enjoy!