I meant to write a post about the greenhouse in October and tomorrow will be December and still I haven’t got round to it. To make sure there is some floral treat to look forward to all the year round, I try to have something special for each month. During October the nerines in the greenhouse make my heart sing. I have Nerine bowdenii hybrids in the garden too but some of the greenhouse ones are crossed with the scarlet Nerine sarniensis and they are not hardy as they grow their leaves through the winter. In any case, I like to have as many varieties as I can corralled together in the greenhouse for maximum impact. Most of them are going over now but they have been a joy for weeks.
Here are a few.
Nerine ‘Lipstick’ is a new one this year and is so pretty with its flowers of pink and white.
The star as usual is my huge pot of Nerine undulata. which used to be called Nerine crispa. I divided it this year so I have a few extra pots. I have always thought my specimen was even more beautiful than any Nerine undulata I have ever seen. Recently I spoke to Clive Boyce who gave me this plant more than twenty years ago. Clive used to be President of the Alpine Garden Society and he knows a good plant when he sees one. Apparently this Nerine undulata is indeed special. It had been growing in his mother’s garden in Seaton, Devon since at least 1945. Clive spotted that it is much finer than the usual Nerine undulata and he had it submitted to the RHS for assessment. After extensive trials it was confirmed as a new variety of special merit. Clive suggested the name of Nerine undulata ‘Seaton’ as that it is where it originated. Apparently it is hardy but it looks far too fragile and ethereal to take its chance in the autumn garden. Besides I like to keep it in the greenhouse where I can gloat over it.
So I put a few of the lingering nerines in a vase today to join in with Cathy’ s popular meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’.
As I am featuring blooms from the greenhouse today, I have filled a vase with the glorious Chrysanthemum ‘Salhouse Joy’ which has been delighting me for several weeks now. And as Cathy has featured a chrysanthemum in her vase today that I gifted her, I would like to return the compliment with this lovely chrysanthemum which she gave me last year. I set the flowers off with a ruff of Eucalyptus gunni leaves. The crazy, curly petals remind me of my hair these days after nine months of cutting it myself. But whilst my hair looks the most awful mess, this chrysanthemum is sublime; many thanks Cathy.
Ther are a few more goodies still looking good in the greenhouse. I love this late- flowering passion flower, Passiflora ‘Silly Cow’ which I tried in the garden a few years ago and it wasn’t quite hardy. It is supposed to be hardy though and it has been bred to have bigger flowers than the ordinary Passifora caerula. I shall keep it in the greenhouse for the winter and then try it again in the garden next year. Who can resist a flower called ‘Silly Cow’? I went to a talk a few years ago by Myles Irvine who bred this passion flower. He said he named it after a friend, which is rather a double-edged compliment.
I have several brugmansias in pots and I have brought them into the greenhouse and cut most of them down but this one, Brugmansia ‘Pink Lady’ is still blooming. I bought it on eBay earlier this year. It was a rooted cutting but grew to flowering size very quickly. I know these plants are deadly poison so I treat them with great respect.
I have taken cuttings of all my salvias and abutilons and most of these are still filling the greenhouse with colour. As this is a ‘Vase on Monday’ post and I seem to have gone rather off piste, I will confine myself to just one abutilon bloom which is specially pretty and I don’t think I have mentioned it before. It is Abutilon ‘Fool’s Gold’.
Thanks to Cathy from Rambling in the garden for hosting this meme and giving me the lovely chrysanthemum for my vase today. I hope you will forgive the slight deviation, but I wanted to show one or two greenhouse lovelies before they go over.