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How fortunate we were to choose last Friday (November 2nd) for a visit to Stourhead! Lots of sunshine, and still a fair amount of colour, although this doesn’t seem to have been an outstanding Autumn- not surprising after the Summer we’ve had perhaps.
Hard to take an original picture here, but you might like to share the views with me!
Yesterday was such a beautiful day that we decided to go to Pennington Nature Reserve, in the South of Hampshire – about half an hour from home! It was such a glorious sunny October day, with hardly a breath of wind (& the wind is often biting down there!)
I DO love teasels, and believe me these are just a few of the pics I took! The goldfinches must be very happy when they find them- we did see some big flocks of them around!
There were so many swans around- too many to count- that it was impossible to resist the odd ‘reflective’ moment! (but I did regret not taking my SLR and tripod! These were all taken with iPhone!)
We walked as far as Kehaven, then returned by the inland path.
How fortunate that today was a beautiful sunny day, for I was lucky enough to have an invitation to Exbury gardens to see not only their public display of Nerines (which is wonderful), but also to see behind the scenes!
After an introductory talk, we proceeded to view the plants on display, a stunning show!
Nerine flowers range in colour from white, through all shades of pink, to reds, and some of them sparkle as if they’ve been sprinkled with glitter! They focus on the sarniensis hybrids here, which need to be kept frost-free.
There were other South African bulbs on display too.
We were treated to a short but interesting talk from Margaret Owen, holder of the National Collection of Nerine bowdenii, who had come down from Shropshire!
Then we were off to see the ENORMOUS glasshouses, housing all sorts of fascinating stuff, including hundreds of Nerines, mostly in bud.
I particularly like the smaller species Nerines (that won’t surprise anyone who knows me!) This is N. braechiae.
And Nerine humilis…
There were some beautiful Oxalis too, this one Ken Aslet
And I liked (actually, coveted) Oxalis lutea
And so I came home with my small, but fairly costly(!) haul of new Nerines.
The excitingly named 5448 28571C!
And 5 species Nerines, of which only N. filifolia and breachiae (shown earlier) are flowering (but I’m excited about ALL of them!)
But I mustn’t leave out my ‘old’ Nerines, only 2 of which are in flower now. N. bowdenii is very late here this year (I know why now!)
And slightly tender N. Stephanie has just opened.
Exbury gardens are situated on the Southern side of the New Forest. The display of Nerines goes on until early November, and they should last well this year, being later than normal. The garden is well worth a visit, and autumn colour should develop soon if we get some cool nights!
I believe that RHS members have free entry from October to spring!!