Where have you been all my life?
This bulb was already in the garden when we moved into the house, decades ago. It must be way down in the ground by now. Certainly there was no prior warning to its imminent arrival: no tell-tale leaves for example. Suddenly one day, it was just there.
What is it, you ask?
Trusty google reveals this lovely flowering bulb to be Nerine Bowdenii.
These photos were taken using the Auto Aperture feature. Once again, it was windy, so the flower kept bobbing around at unexpected times. I had to try to time my snaps.
post script: And yes, someone actually said those opening lines to me once, when I was a teenager.
I know! Boys are so cheesy!