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It's an Aechmea or Urn Plant http://houseplants.about.com/od/bromeliad1/p/Aechmea.htm
Congratulations Panda and Mr Panda
Aw, I thought she'd got quite pretty markings
We're turning into a zoo, first a Panda and now a pheasant
Course he can KEF - ready in about 15 mins.
Not really imagined you looking like this
Very pretty nevertheless - better keep your head down come September
I grow very similar ones outside on the terrace - here you are Alan http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=459
Clari - ((hugs)) - been there - thinking of you - best of luck and give yourself some treats this weekend
Stacey - have a lovely time
KEF - hug spag bol here - plenty for you as well
That's a seedpod. I usually remove them before they get that big so that the energy stays in the bulb. You could try letting them ripen and growing them - it would take several years before you grew a bulb big enough to flower, I don't know how long. I've never done it.
I think your white rose is a climber - to encourage it to bloom the stems or canes need to be trained as near to horizontal as possible - this will encourage sideshoots which are the ones which bear the flowers. Have a look at this video which explains it very clearly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o-o_FHPoEU
At least from up there you can't see the weeds!