What an unusual plant is the Nerine, coming in to full bloom in October when so many, in fact the majority of perennials have gone over and the foliage turning brown.
Why on earth does a plant which likes so much sun, and also said to be a little tender, thrive in North east Scotland.
Well for whatever reason, it does, we only have a single clump of it, which is in the raised border of the front garden and almost hidden by the Roses.
The strappy leaves of Nerine start to show in early Summer, and by late August the flowering stems will be developing well, the buds finally starting to open at the end of September. Blooms finally showing at their best in October and continuing at times in to November.
The one in our garden above is, Pink surprise its the palest of pinks, not so striking as those of a deeper shade. However I have not seen it in any other gardens in the area and I quite treasure it for this reason.
The one which is more often seen, is the deeper pink Nerine Bowdenii its in Louis garden, one of my neighbours. He always says he is not a gardener, just likes to keep the place tidy. Well his front garden comes alight every October, and has done so in the past 26 years which we have been here.
(Bowdenii) is the hardiest of them all, still generally described as being on the tender side, perhaps its the very cold Winters experienced in perhaps Canada or the more northern areas of the USA that survival of Nerine may not be expected.
Plant your bulbs shallow, with the necks just protruding, like you would do with Amaryllis, in fact Nerine belongs to the same family. A south facing sheltered position is the way to go. They don’t like to be water logged, at the same time make sure they don’t dry out in Summer. Nerine comes from the warmer climes of South Africa, how lucky we are to see them growing so very well in Aberdeen. It has been given the prestigious award of garden merit from the Royal Horticultural society.
Height – 45cm
Hardiness – Hardy
I was just checking out some garden pictures from a few years ago. This was a time when we entered the Aberdeen in bloom garden competition. We no longer enter, although for a number of years we did get a lot of pleasure from it. You do have to be pretty obsessed to get the results such as these below however, nowadays our gardening is much more relaxed.