Snapped this at the end of summer and its been driving me crackers since. Looked and shone like gold, never seen anything like it. Kind of looked like a weed but they were planted amongst a bunch of exotic flowers (all of which I identified with little effort).

It was about hip height, thick green stem similar to a sunflower. None of the 'bulbs' were open, just a few that looked like they were dying so I'm guessing this is the flower in all its glory.

No idea what it is, could anyone identify it?

I have an uncle who is a botanist but I don't think he knows what email is...

Happy new year!