The Nerine bowdenii are lasting well. An unusual cultivar N. ‘Quest ‘ is growing in a clay pot in the glasshouses and flowers an abdominal purple colour are held as an umbel on the tall stalks. Not a patch on the true species for brilliance of colour but worth a look due to the unusual shade and the contrasting white anthers. The generic name derives from the Greek, Nereis, a sea nymph. Again, frost tolerance is to be taken into account when planting these long necked bulbs. Sitting proud of the soil they can rot in severe winters.

Nerine 'Quest'

Nerine ‘Quest’