Lachenalia aloides is one of those wonderful bulbs that you run into from time to time, and after a few weeks you wonder how you ever lived without it. I first grew it in my teens,
and a couple (ha ha) of years later it is still delighting me. It has everything that a good plant needs. It flowers easily in the darkest days of winter with bright
yellow blooms. All it asks is to get some light and be protected from frost.
The species comes from the Western Cape in South Africa, the golden flowers mean that my plants probably belong to L. a. var. aurea.