In a Vase on Monday. Glamour from the Greenhouse.

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 bowdenii ‘Alba’
Nerine bowdenii ‘Stephanie’

Nerine ‘Lipstick’ is a new one this year and is so pretty with its flowers of pink and white.

Nerine ‘ Lipstick’

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.

Nerine undulata ‘Seaton’

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.

Chrysanthemum ‘Salhouse Joy’

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.

Passiflora ‘Silly Cow’

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.

Brugmansia ”Pink Lady’

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’.

Abutlion ‘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.

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46 Responses to In a Vase on Monday. Glamour from the Greenhouse.

  1. bcparkison says:

    Very nice. Special gifts are so nice to have.

  2. Your Nerines are so pretty and I look forward to seeing them each year. We are able to grow Passion Flowers and Brugmansia outside. I did not grow poisonous plants until my children were grown and I no longer had dogs.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you, my nerines certainly cheer up autumn for me. I am always wary of very poisonous plants but it is difficult to resist the huge trumpets of brugmansias.

  3. Relijen says:

    It’s so lovely to see all of your tropicals. I had Brugmansia and hibiscus and bougainvillea growing in my SoCal garden and they brought me a lot of joy. I can’t grow them here in Manitoba until I’m able to build the right size greenhouse. Perhaps, one day. In the meantime, thank you for sharing yours. ❤

  4. croftgarden says:

    Once again I’m very impressed by your exotica. I confess to having given-up with Nerines, they seem to be very susceptible to virus. However, these strang chrysanthemums are intriguing, but I can’t make up my mind.

    • Chloris says:

      I have never had any problems with virus on nerines, do you mean in pots or in the ground? My Nerine undulata ‘ Seaton’ lived in a pot for 20 years without any problems and had 46 blooms last year. I have divided into 3 pots this year, I thought perhaps it was about time.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    I really enjoy your nerines. They’re gorgeous in the greenhouse and lovely in the vase as well. After seeing yours I finally ordered 3 Nerine bowdenii bulbs but they have not bloomed (outside in the garden). Happy to enjoy yours!

  6. Annette says:

    No November blues in your garden – I’m thrilled by all those fabulous Nerine. I had two flowers on mine. Think the Tetrapanax has been casting some shade but they’ll soon be in the sunshine again as it grows so fast.

  7. Cathy says:

    Oh aren’t those nerines gorgeous?! And what big clumps you have too. I need to check out their watering and feeding regime to make sure I am doing the best for the ones I have. Lipstick is such a pretty variation. How rampant is the growth on ‘Silly Cow’? Passionflower is not something I would have considered fr the Coop, and I am always on the lookout for new ideas. I am so pleased you found time to show us your greenhouse specials, and I am glad Salhouse Joy continues to bring you joy. The white chrysanthemum I used in last week’s vase has lasted longer than SJ did, but the latter’s blooms were probably more mature when I picked them. I like the eucalyptus ruff on your nerine vase – most fetching!

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, I eagerly await my nerines each autumn. I don’t understand why the greenhouse ones are much later than the ones in the garden which are long gone. Although I have noticed that different varieties bloom at different times.
      Silly Cow isn’t going to live in the greenhouse it will get far too big. Next year it will have to take its chance in the garden.
      Yes, Salhouse Joy is stunning and has had masses off blooms. I have never tried greenhouse chrysanths before. It grows very tall though, do you stop yours at all to keep it shorter?

      • Cathy says:

        I did cut the chrysanths back at some stage, but quite randomly and I can’t remember when – they were offending me by being so tall! Would you like a cutting of my white one next year?

  8. Those nerines are beautiful. Nice dose of loveliness for a gray day in central Maine.

  9. Well, these delightful beauties look to me like December flowers, especially inside a control-climate greenhouse. You’re right on time. I usually keep to a regular writing schedule (except during bouts of depression), stemming from my old newspapering days. That way, I have a deadline to meet — at least within a day or two. Works for me!

    • Chloris says:

      I used to try and write regularly but projects in the garden take up more and more of my time, this lockdown I seem to have become quite obsessed and when I come in I slump in my chair exhausted like a zombie.

  10. Kris P says:

    I’d love to spend some time in your greenhouse, Chloris – I imagine I’d be completely ga ga (not to be confused with the Lady that uses that name). I have a single Nerine (‘Stephanie’ I think), picked up at a botanic garden’s fall plant sale in the days our botanic gardens held plant sales. While I appreciate my shade house I still yearn to have a greenhouse, even if that’s hard to justify with temperatures at 74F/23C at the end of November.

    • Chloris says:

      Wouldn’t it be lovely Kris? I would love to spend time in your garden too crooning over all your gorgeous plants. I’d love to come with you on one of your plant-buying trips too. Can you imagine how we would egg each other on to ever more extravagance?

  11. Seaton is spectacular! I planted some Nerines – to no avail so, I shall enjoy yours from afar and hope for a virus free magic carpet ride to the your greenhouse.

  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Startling Nerines – I had no idea there were so many different ones. ‘Salhouse Joy’ is truly lovely as well. I envy you having a greenhouse to potter in, so nice once the winter comes.

  13. Tina says:

    A beautiful selection of flowers, Chloris! The Nerines so lovely and spring-like!

  14. Ah, what a wonderful sea of nerines. I love all the shade changes and frills. It must be so uplifting to enter your greenhouse! C. ‘Salhouse Joy’ is lovely, but some how static in comparison.

  15. Cathy says:

    The Nerines really are spectacular and I am sure you are very proud of them. Lovely to have a glimpse inside your greenhouse, where your plants must all be safe and cosy. Do you need to heat it in winter? The chrysanthemum is wonderful too and I have already admired it on Cathy’s blog. 😃

  16. rusty duck says:

    I bought a Nerine undulata from Beth Chatto this year. You’re right to keep your very special one in the greenhouse, the slugs nobbled mine within days.
    And I can identify with the bad hair chrysanthemum.. it’s harder to cut your own hair than it looks isn’t it?

  17. Ann Mackay says:

    Wow, your greenhouse must be a wonderful place to be. The nerines are spectacular and I love both the passionflower and the abutilon. (I think the passionflower is more like a ‘lovely cow’, really!)

  18. sweetbay103 says:

    The Nerines are spectacular!

  19. Anna says:

    Oh your nerines are absolutely beautiful Chloris. The white ones appeal to me most. Are they scented? That passion flower is most striking. I wonder whether Myles Irvine confessed the naming of it to his friend 😄

  20. tonytomeo says:

    Tee hee . . . ‘Silly Cow’.
    Those nerines are SO frilly. I did not appreciate them when we grew them as a cut flower crop so many years ago. For us, there was not much variety, and I did not like the colors much. Actually, they all seemed to be about the same bright pink to me, rather than a few shades. I really like that white one!

  21. snowbird says:

    You have me smiling re cutting your own hair, mine got shorter and shorter while I tried to get in straight, it almost ended up above my ears, a strange looking little bob it was. Oh, those nerines are delightful, I’d be spending most of the day in the greenhouse gazing at them. I’d gloat over your special one too. I love Fools Gold and Pink Lady, just heavenly. xxx

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