Brilliant Nerines

As the nights grow cooler, one of the most beautiful manifestations of early fall is the appearance of the first to bloom Nerines - N fothergillii var. major surviving happily in the rockery, baked by the relentless sun. All of a sudden up come the pointed flower buds, just a few and then finally 18 or 20 stems bursting into bloom, 30 centimeters tall or more. It's one of the most flamboyant of the great lily family and seemingly thrives on neglect. Over the years I've collected others of this lovely family which flower a little later. Outstanding is the larger white flowered form which appears to have silver flecks within the petals, It's almost iridescent. Nerines are aristocrats in my book and reward any effort in their care. Frost free in my garden they thrive happily.