The last few days have been windy and showery, so now seems a good time to croon over beauties in the greenhouse. One shelf is taken up with my nerines which are waiting for their time of glory later as the summer comes to an end. Under the staging are all the pots of cuttings which I am compelled to take whether I need more plants or not.
But I keep one shelf for the display of whatever is in bloom at the moment. If I was doing this last month my epiphyllums would have been taking centre stage with their ridiculously flamboyant flowers in shades of pink, yellow and red. I have rather a lot of epiphyllums and I don’t know why; they only bloom for two or three days, and they take up ever more room with their long, spreading tentacles. This is the last bloom collapsing.
So epiphyllums, lovely as they are, don’t make it to my chosen six today. As I love scented flowers, I am starting with the gloriously scented and very aristocratic, Hymenocallis ‘Sulphur Queen’. Its common name is Peruvian daffodil, but I tell you that reluctantly because of course it is not a daffodil, so let’s not pretend it is. I love its frilly corona and long filaments and the green stripes in its throats. Next year I shall buy more bulbs and try some in the garden although they will have to come in for winter as they are not hardy.
I usually have a pot or two of Habranthus robustus in the greenhouse as they seed copiously. They are much loved by slugs and you have to be vigilant otherwise you will find the eagerly awaited flowers have been chewed off. I always thought they were called Habranthus robustus but now I find that is a synonym and the correct name is Zephyranthes robustus. They are a member of the amaryllis family. As they seed so generously I think I shall try some outside in my gravel garden.
Next to the zephyranthes and looking very nice is a succulent I would never buy or even glance at normally. It is a kalanchoe that a kind friend gave me and I put it in the greenhouse and forgot all about it. But it is smothered in pink-flushed white blooms and looking wonderful.
Joining this little group of pink and white are a few pots of starry Rhodohypoxis baurii. These are clump forming tuberous plants from South Africa. In theory these can be grown outside in a sunny dry spot but I have never managed it. They need to be kept dry in winter and so it is easier to keep them in the greenhouse where you can control their environment. They like a slightly acidic soil. If you pick off the dead flowers they will bloom for ages. Once they finish blooming then they need to be kept dry.
Every year I buy a couple of hippeastrums for Christmas and to my shame until now I have never got them to bloom again. To my amazement this one decided to give me a beautiful summer bloom and I am delighted. I can’t boast about it though as it is more by accident then design. Incidentally, I don’t know why people still call these Amaryllis. They are in the Amaryllidaceae family but Amaryllis come from South Africa and these beauties come from the Americas.
My last plant comes from South Africa too. It is a giant with a bulb as big as a grapefruit. It is Albuca nelsonii or Nelson’s Slime Lily, if you prefer its rather unpleasant common name, I find it rather offensive. The white flowers with a green marking are very eye-catching. It is easy to get more as each bubil will grow on.
Albuca shawii is another pretty albuca with yellow smaller, bell -shaped flower, it is not yet in bloom but I will show you later how pretty it is.
So there we have it, six of my greenhouse beauties. But what a shame to miss out some of the others. I will pop a few in a gallery if it is not cheating too much. I believe the Propagator who hosts this meme is quite stringent in his requirements but maybe he won’t notice. Anyway, do pop over to see how he and other Sixers are brightening up a rather dull Saturday.