Plantsman and bulb expert Jim Fox was staying with the Coode-Adams in England and admiring this fine Nerine 'Quentin' in their border which just happened to have a scant few seed. Jim brought those across the pond to us and years later, Voila! - we have Quentinlettes. Quentin is highly regarded in England and the kids are good too.
A luscious, tender Nerine sarniensis hybrid worth every effort to overwinter. Related to Amaryllis, this bulb is summer dormant with the leaves appearing in winter and flowering in fall. The flowers are the rich pink of promise speaking directly to the limbic brain conjuring ancient cave responses as though confronted by sex, ripe fruit or blood. Civilization is but a thin veneer.
Nerines are like having a fall blooming Christmas Amaryllis in the garden except these are hardy to zone 7. Hardier than the species with good rich pink flowers. Nerines bring a totally unexpected blast of exotica to the fall garden and look particularly good in Mediterranean style plantings.
Hardy Nerine at least for us in the Puget Sound, this is the seldom-seen Kew form which we received from bulb guru John Flintoff. We've not seen this offered elsewhere. This will have late summer flowers like a small Amaryllis of a luscious pink. Good drainage, mulch if cold winter.
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