Sunny afternoon off work…

Today the sun was shining here in Lancashire and I got an unexpected afternoon off work. This placed me in something of a quandary. I could either write my usual friday geeky plant post, or enjoy the sunshine in the greenhouse.

So, no, I have not written anything. But thought I might share the sunshine with you. The first picture shows one of the greenhouse benches and you can see that the winter-growing South African bulbs it houses are waking up after their summer dormancy.

The rest are all South African bulbs in flower at the moment. Some of you have already seen some of these on Instagram.


  1. How lovely to escape from work and be able to spent some time in your garden in sunshine. I wish I could have been there with you my friend. Your greenhouse looks so beautiful and the flower that Arbie has mentioned is just stunning. How do you called this peculiar plant? Enjoy your weekend Darren.

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  2. Darren you’ve just proved that pictures can speak a thousand words! What better way to let us have some insight into your life than through a page filled with beauty and colour! My favourites, the vivid orange (2) and vibrant pink (10), exactly my wish for today..vivid & vibrant & colour filled! Thank you so much!!

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        1. I get asked that all the time. I used to lecture on these things without rehearsal or notes and never had a problem. Same with phone numbers – if I dial a number I remember it forever. Can never remember things that are actually useful though!πŸ˜„

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  3. What a beautiful collection, Darren.
    I would be tempted to build a bigger green house, and have a central space for some damp proof longer, table, and small kitchenette and loo… Then I could spend all day admiring those beautiful blooms despite the weather outside. It would be a lovely inspiring place to take a laptop to write the blog… Your space, just for you!
    Of course, I am a dreamer. That would cost a lot of money!

    Thank you for sharing your space… It is exquisitely beautiful. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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  4. Wow! Sun in Lancaster! These flowers are spectacular. I know we all love seeing the blooms up close, but I was happy to see the plants in situ, as well. I know I always say this, but these are stunning! πŸ€—β€οΈ

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    1. – I planted nerines this year – they have grown well but no flowers, and still full of leaves. Will they perhaps flower in the second year? I do need as much of Africa as possible in my garden πŸ˜‰

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      1. Hi Jo, thank you for visiting and for the follow. You are right, basically. Nerines are funny in that flower buds form deep inside the bulb in the previous growing season (before you got them) and replanting the bulbs can cause the flower buds to simply abort for a season. Give them a good feed with a high potassium fertiliser (eg tomato feed) to help boost flower production for next year and keep your fingers crossed! Darren.


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