Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Pink Flower

Aside

This pink flower is now blooming in the garden as it has done since we came in '85. For a while I thought - hopefully - it was an Amaryllis. It is similar to one in John.g's garden (sidebar) and he wrote about it on August 6th naming it a Crinum. The big difference is that John's is nestled in lots of leaves whereas these have long iris type leaves during the summer - and no flower. Then the leaves start to droop and as they look so untidy I pull them out. The plant looks dead; then suddenly in August these Phallic like buds shoot up and finally bloom into the flower. Another feature - it smells of pear drops. Is it a Nerine?


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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it may be an amarylis belladonna. See http://www.jparkers.co.uk/Index.cfm?fuseaction=product.standard&continueaction=category.standard&category_id=500&producttype_id=48683

Jan

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well isn't that amazing Pat! I have no idea what it is but I love that it has a miknd of it's own. Not flowering until after all the leaves are dead and gone! I tell you, nature just knocks me out!
I will have to come back to see if anyone knows what it is. I bet Judy does....!

PI said...

Jan: thank you. I'll have a look; I'd love it if it was.

PI said...

Jan: great - I think you're right! Whoopee! I have naked ladies aka Anaryllis Bella donna. So poetic:)

PI said...

Naomi: Amaryllis Belladonna according to various sites - and I love the name so I'm sticking with it:) I do hope Judy agrees.

apprentice said...

Isn't it lovely, even its name is pretty. What a discovery Pat!

Nerines are more crimped round the edges, with more blooms.

I'd rather have this.

PI said...

Anna: music to my ears:)

rosneath said...

I remember seeing these wild on holiday in Southern Italy and did the same as you ... had to look them up. They are gorgeous, aren't they?

I have something similar but more salmon coloured which is called Kaffir Lily but you can't say that in public any more!

belleek

R. Sherman said...

Glad you found the answer as I am not a horticulturist. I just know what is pleasing to the senses.

Cheers.

john.g. said...

Definitely Amarylis belladonna!

PI said...

John.g: I knew you'd be along to see the naked lady;)

PI said...

Belleek: some of the things we used to say...We'd be shot down in flames now.

Randall: and a man of excellent taste:)

kenju said...

It's beautiful and I have no clue, except it does look like an amyrillis. Nerines are much smaller and have clusters of open blooms on the top of a long stem.

PI said...

Judy: that's a relief so that's definite: Amaryllis belladonna. Sorted.

Kanani said...

Beautiful! I can't imagine having things like this in my garden. It's so hot here --and dry.

john.g. said...

Mum2, google Amaryllis Belladonna!

PI said...

Thanks John - the settles it:)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE this name Pat...The Belladonna part is so interesting simce that is a drug, too! Do you suppose that is where Belladonna comes from> I'm so dumb about all this stuff....I know it means Pretty Lady, but....LOL!
Oh well, if I ever need that drug I'll just asl the doctore for Anyrillis.....lol!

PI said...

Naomi: I'm not sure about that but I've had such a difficult time publishing my post this am - since 4am - that I'm not sure about anything. I need some breaffast:)