Good morning on this bright Autumn day. Yesterday morning I was very excited because I had decided to venture off to local Exbury Gardens. That in itself is a post or five, but I'm not sharing that today, oh no, for today I have a big blast of colour for you. When Kitty and Ozzy came home from school with a flyer about the Halloween haunted train ride at Exbury Gardens I hid it away quickly, for I know that they are too little and scared too easily, but wait, what did I spy as I popped the flyer in the recycling bin - something on the back... a fantastic display of Nerines at the Five Arrows Gallery at Exbury along with a photo of a flower that blew my mind - and I had to get my bottom along there to see them, and so I give you, the Nerines...
BOOM! I can't tell you how excited I was when I walked into the display room, I'd been walking around the gardens admiring the Autumnal colours and these Nerines colours just stood out all the more for being seen on a grey morning. Shimmering colours standing tall and proud really were a sight to behold. If you live Hampshire way it's well worth a visit as it's not something one sees often.
About Nerines: The Nerines in the Exburycollection are hybrids of Nerine sarniensis that come originally from South Africa where the wild plant grows in the mountains of the Cape Province, first arriving in Europe on Guernsey in the 1600's. The Nerine is an autumn flowering bulb belonging to the Amaryllis family.Easy to grow, they like water in autumn and winter and should be kept dry in the summer. Usually flowering in October, they need a frost-free greenhouse and the bulbs are very long lived.
You can expect to pay around the £25 mark for a Nerine bulb, which may seem pricey but is actually good value when you discover that cared for Nerines can live for 20 to 40 years and beyond, each year giving you off-sets, increasing your flower spikes.
(Thanks to The Exbury Collection of Nerines and Lachenalias website for the information)
I do hope they have brightened your morning and that you have been enjoying the gardens and outside spaces this week. Thanks to all who joined in last week, lovely entries every one, particular faves are: Pink roses, wild and free, fall colours, the awesome water hyacinth, some country living and new growth.