Six on Saturday. In the Greenhouse.

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.

Hymenocallis ‘Sulphur Queen.

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.

Zephyranthes robustus

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.

Kalanchoe calandiva

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.

Rhodohypoxis bauirii
Rhodohypoxis baurii

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 nelsonii
Albuca nelsonii

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.

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33 Responses to Six on Saturday. In the Greenhouse.

  1. All your flowers are beautiful and you have many I am not familiar with, but I do grow Rain Lilies. Mine can stay outside all year and they reseed and produce new bulbs. They come up everywhere.

    • Chloris says:

      How lovely to have carpets of rain lilies spreading in the garden. I don’t know how hardy they are here but I am certainly going to try them.

  2. March Picker says:

    Your greenhouse is brimming with beauty, Chloris! I’m unfamiliar with many of your plants and especially love the deep pink stars. It must feel like a great retreat to spend time in there.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I bought this greenhouse so that I would have a year round retreat whatever the weather. I try to always have something lovely in there to enjoy.

  3. Lisa says:

    I like those Rhodohypoxis baurii, but there is no way I can keep them dry in the winter! I wonder if it would be enough in a raised bed with the herbs that like it drier?

  4. Veronica says:

    Hello Chloris
    What a wonderland of plants . Thought greenhouses were just for propagation but yours is an like an exotic hothouse .

  5. What a fabulous exotic collection! I’m going to have to make some room in my greenhouse next year..move over tomatoes and chillis!

  6. Heyjude says:

    What a lovely visit to your greenhouse! Such a welcome change from the usual summer flowers. I grew the rain lilies last year in a container and they were very pretty. I then planted the bulbs into the ground and no sign of them this year so I guess they rotted in all the winter rain. Oh, well. (And I like the extra secret gallery – I’m sure Jon won’t notice 🙂 )

  7. Kris P says:

    On this occasion, I have a number of the plants you featured, or at least some in the same genus. You threw me at first with the reference to Habranthus, which I recognized as Zephyranthes, commonly called rain lilies here; however, as there’s been no rain, I’ve no flowers yet this year. I feel much as you do about my Epiphyllums, which are in my shade house and have yet to bloom – they’re too big and with no blooms not worth the limited space I have. The Kalanchoe are common here and I’ve a few in bloom in my shade house now. I’m trying to naturalize my Hippeastrums as they spread readily in my former garden but they’re not as happy in this one. My Albuca has been swamped by rampant succulent.

    • Chloris says:

      Ah yes, but these plants are for a greenhouse here but can grow outside for you. Epimediums get so big and sprawly and then the pots fall over. I am thinking of trying them in hanging pots to free up shelf space.

  8. Anna says:

    Oh a greenhouse packed with such flowers as yours would have been a most pleasurable place to be on the foul day we have had here Chloris. I’m not sure why but the albuca has got me thinking of snowdrops 😄

    • Chloris says:

      Are you getting this constant wind? It’s driving me nuts. Well the Albuca nelsonii has white flowers with green markings and grows from a bulb but otherwise it takes a stretch of the imagination to see it as a snowdrop.

  9. Goodness, I have most of those in my garden. I need a Slime Lily just to freak my husband out. Lovely all.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, what you can grow in your garden has to live in a greenhouse here. The awful name ‘slime lily ‘ is because they have a sticky, mucilaginous sap.

  10. pbmgarden says:

    These are so beautiful. Dreadful common name but Albuca nelsonii is pretty interesting. South Africa must be a fabulous place to visit for flora. Another from there you introduced me to is nerine. I ordered Nerine Bowdenii and planted it this spring outdoors. Came across 2 of the 3 this morning and hope come autumn I’ll see some flowers. I always look forward to seeing your posts.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Susie, how nice of you to say you enjoy my posts. I love yours too, specially your amazing flower arrangements. I agree the flora of South Africa looks amazing. I do hope your nerines will bloom this year., sometimes they take a year or so to settle down.

  11. Cathy says:

    As in the past, I am going to ransack your post (not your greenhouse!) for more ideas for the Coop. Yesterday I was looking up ‘houseplants’ that could cope with the conditions – they would get more attention in the Coop than in the house!

    • Chloris says:

      I grew the tweedia and sollya from seed. The Sarracenia is an insectiverous pitcher plant, I have several sitting in a bowl of water. I will save you an Albuca nelsonii bulb if you like it. I won’t post it quite yet as I am still too nervous to go in the PO but it will have your name on it if you like and I will get it to you eventually.

      • Cathy says:

        Oh Chloris, I hope you believe I wasn’t fishing for freebies – I have tried searching for a book whch might recommend suitable plants for this sort of greenhouse but hadn’t found anything appropriate, so much of my learning has been picking up ideas from other people and of course your knowledge is legendary. I would happily have a spare albuca bulb if there was one available, and will look out for suitable seeds too. Is there a particular website or nursery that specialise in these types of plants? ps I have several sarracenia too, doing a good job of fly catching

  12. fredgardener says:

    I also grew hymenocallis but they are now faded. Mine were white.
    Otherwise a plant unknown to me, your Albuca. Thanks for sharing it. It’s gorgeous !

  13. Cathy says:

    Your greenhouse is delightful Chloris! I have also had a Hippeastrum flower for me this month, but I can‘t get to it to take a photo as a wasp‘s nest is right next to its summer quarters!

  14. snowbird says:

    That greenhouse must be a constant source of joy! I love them all of course, but especially Sulphur Queen and that wonderful succulent. How wonderful getting the Hippeastrums to bloom again, mine never have. Nelson’s slime Lily? What an awful name for a delightful bloom. I’d love to visit your useful greenhouse next time….just saying!xxx

  15. tonytomeo says:

    Of all the epiphyllums here, only one bloomed, and with only two flowers. It was nice, but not as much as there should be.

  16. So many exotic-looking (to me) beauties! I am especially drawn to ‘Sulphur Queen’ and the blue Tweedia.

  17. Pádraig says:

    That’s a truly lorious flowering shelf. I must admit many of your Six are strangers to me. Thank you for sharing, Chloris! I shall be back to see more.

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