Bath Chronicle

PLANT OF THE WEEK

- Gardening · Hobbies · South Africa · Alba

Nerine Bowdenii lights up the gar­den in Oc­to­ber with its can­dypink flow­ers. Orig­i­nat­ing from South Africa, it needs a sunny po­si­tion in the gar­den and win­ter pro­tec­tion in colder ar­eas. Plant shal­lowly in late spring in free-drain­ing soil

– the top of the bulb should just peep out from the soil.

They seem to do best in their own com­pany – they grow in clumps to­gether. There’s also Alba, a de­li­cious pure white va­ri­ety and Bi­color, which has pink and white stripes. Oh and they’re fra­grant!

You could also buy them in flower now and they’ll make a very cheer­ful pot­ted dis­play to brighten up your gar­den.

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