Hello there! I hope you had a lovely weekend. This week, I’m going to start off with a look at a gorgeous variety of flower which I bought recently at New Covent Garden Flower Market. You may have seen the more common bright pink nerines before. But have you come across this beautiful pale pink variety called ‘Sofie’? I love the sort of ‘milkiness’ of its ruffled petals. And the colour reminds me a little of flamingo feathers.
The common name for the nerine is Guernsey lily. But funnily enough, it’s neither a true lily nor does it originate from the Channel Isles. In fact, it’s a member of the Amaryllidaceae family and is more closely related to the amaryllis. Cut flower-wise, the peak season for nerines is generally August to December, but there is limited availability throughout the rest of the year. As well as pink, there are also white and red varieties. I find that nerines smell just very faintly of one my favourite foods…chocolate. But that may just be me!
Once nerines have started to bloom, remove the brown outer casing from their flower heads to show the flowers off to their full potential.
(Image : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)