The mandrakes are waking up. I've given up trying to understand this strange plant and am just going with the flow.
Four of the five planted last year are now up again. They were moved outside for the summer and immediately sulked by becoming dormant. So back to the windowsill it is.
This is my oldest plant and the first to wake up this year. It has just been transplanted into a piece of old saltglazed sewer pipe to give it sufficient depth for the roots. I'm hoping it might flower for me this year - but probably not.
It was planted centrally but seems to have moved...