Francine this one is for you, and for anyone else who was curious but didn't ask. I took the first photo on January 25th and the last one on the 28th.
view from the top
a day later
BaBam! look at the size!
The color of this thing was so beautiful! It really brightened up my January. After the bloom died I cut back the stalk and it grew some leaves. It now sits in the back yard being neglected for the summer once again. Oh, and it never did tip over.