National collection of Nerines

Ed (my son) has taken over Steve Eyres’ collection of tender Nerine sarniensis cultivars.  Steve had to move house and no longer had anywhere to house them.  It’s a bit of a responsibility.

Nerines are those astonishing sparkling lily-like flowers that flower autumn into winter.  You may have seen the hardier species Nerine bowdenii amassed in front gardens.  Nerine sarniensis is differently coloured (reds, mauves, whites and pink rather than merely pink or white).  It leafs in winter rather than summer which is what makes it less hardy.  In summer it’s completely dormant.  Flowering and leafing are initiated by a drop of temperature.

They’re housed at the Badsey Nursery and will be looking good in October, November and December.  Come for a visit.


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