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Is this another lily?

steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,930
Good morning all.
This plant has just appeared - again never seen it before this year. To my untrained eye it appears to be some form of lily - oddly though, I can't see any leaves (nothing like the long leaves on the daylilies) - just long grey stems. It's growing up through an Hypericum - so any leaves appear to be that plant's.

Thanks.
UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,817
    Hello steveTu. I think that might be a Nerine.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,930
    A Nerine? I just love all this - I've found more plants than I ever knew we had. Serendipity eh? Someone started a thread about what you enjoy about gardening - and coming from the point as someone who never had - finding the new plants and what they are like this is just brilliant.
    I'll look up Nerines - thank you.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,930
    OK - just googled (ie did vast research) pink Nerine - and the closest I could see had a caption of Amaryllis - so then 'researching' Amaryllis - the Amaryllis Belladonna looks a good match - but the image I see doesn't show the stems. Do some Amaryllis have the solid looking 'grey' stems?
    This is the belladonna:


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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,817
    They all belong to the same family steveTu and the stems are correct. I'm still waiting for mine to flower so I am very envious of that gorgeous flower you have.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,930
    ...shoul;d have gone to the RHS site before posting before. The RHS says of the Amaryllis:
    '....A. belladonna is a bulbous perennial with erect stems, each bearing an umbel of funnel-shaped, fragrant pink flowers to 10cm in length, which open in autumn before the narrowly strap-shaped leaves appear...'

    So it seems it could indeed be that and the leaves haven't appeared yet. Now I'll find out how to get more of them, as they seem ideal for those bare patches now in Autumn when everything else is dying back. Get me - talking as if I know what I'm doing!


    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,817
    You will soon get the hang of things and you know where to come if you need any 'pointing in the right direction'.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,930
    The 'frustration' (if that is what it is) is in the fact that the flower is below a front window and isn't really visible. We have a couple of viburnum's that are just changing colour (berries and leaves) and now this Nerine-cum-amaryllis that are putting on a display just for themselves! What a waste. So once I learn a bit more, I'll propagate (?) them and get them somewhere they can be really appreciated. I dragged my son round to see them (I was all excited like some kid on Christmas morning) - and got a '..yeah, they're ok...'. Philistine.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • ( all excited like some kid on Christmas morning)
    This is what plants can do! When I have been sad or on really grim days an unexpected flower, or a long awaited one, can bring a smile to my face and make everything seem a little better and more hopeful :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,000
    How lovely @steveTu, that you feel that way  :)
    Perhaps your son will appreciate it when he's older, although I'm still waiting for mine to do that  ;)
    Can you get in and lift them [the nerines] or is it not that easy? I've never grown them, as our climate probably wouldn't suit, but if you mark them with a bit of string or similar, you might be able to get in there in late winter/early spring and get them out.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 1,930
    This is going to sound really soppy - but what the b's. I started out not wanting to 'damage' what my wife had put some much time, effort and love into. And I really believe that regret is madness - you do what you do. BUT how much time did I waste not being with her in the garden when I could - and especially now as I'm beginning to understand what she got out of it. So now I plant things (I took an Acer seed and have grown that, grown new solanum capsicumss from seed,a couple of rose bush cuttings....), new plants bought - and all because, somehow in my mind I'm propagating her and her memory. Insane eh?

    I don't think I'll dig anything yet - as I'm only just getting used to what things look like above ground, let alone what roots,corms,tubas are what underneath! That's a year or so away yet I think!

    Thank you all for your help.

    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
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