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Nerine “Winter Cheer” In Flower Now 2016

May 28, 2016

This week heralds the start of flowering for Nerine “Winter Cheer”. It is a true pink and stands up to blustery, rainy conditions throughout June without any sign of damage or sagging. I purchased these bulbs from David Glenn and Criss Canning at Lambley Nursery.

Nerine "Winter Cheer" 27th May 2016. Wallaroo Mines, South Australia.

Nerine “Winter Cheer” 27th May 2016. Wallaroo Mines, South Australia.

Nerine ‘Winter Cheer’

‘Winter Cheer’ is a very late flowering variety which flowers here at Lambley through much of June and into July. A good cut flower, its rose-pink flowers are held on 50cm tall stiff stems and are cheerful addition to a winter vase.

I buy most of my bulbs from specialist growers and Lambley would be one of the best nurseries anywhere in the country. Bulbs are strong and well-grown and shipped at the right time of the year. If you are anywhere near Ballarat on any day of the year it is worth a visit. They are dry climate specialists in the truest definition without focusing only on succulents. If you want flowers every week of the year check out their website or visit their nursery, you will not be disappointed.

Camellia Bloom is Spectacular 2016

May 19, 2016
Camellia Japonica Flower. The first for the 2016 season.

Camellia Japonica Flower. The first for the 2016 season.

In my teenage years I came across a flower I then thought was the most spectacular flower I had ever seen. It was a pink Camellia Japonica and although at the time I did nothing further I have felt the same ever since.

Like many others I purchased a plant, when I was in my twenties and planted it without any thought to its special needs, eg acid soil. It gradually died and I thought it was just too difficult.

In my thirties I again had the opportunity to buy one but this time I researched its needs and planted one in a pot with acid potting mix and it thrived for several years, blooming beautifully. Unfortunately a divorce saw that one come to grief.

It took me several more years before I was again in a position to devote some care to a Camellia and now I again have a plant in full flower with just the same effect on me that I felt in my youth. Today that Camellia Japonica is in bloom and it looks just lovely.

I think it is the formal shape of the flower, perfection in shape and depth of colour that inspires me!

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