Unfortunate, or maybe dumb
Well, my big ice cream took a beating last winter with the bad cold snap we had. I had to cut the main trunk down probably a foot, then earlier this spring I saw there was internal rot around the cut so I cut it down to health stem again. Well, today I went out and was poking at it - it hadn't sent up a new leave at all this year and it's pups were growing likr crazy already. I started sqeezing and poking and the stem felt mushy again so I hacked it some more. Well, there was some rot in there - but I also realized I just whacked off the flower stalk :-(
Not sure if it would have actually bloomed if I left it, but man that would have been my first.
Oh well, at least my wife bought me a raja puri for my b-day so its not all bad lol.