November 6, 2009


Some recent images from last week, in the greenhouse. 'Tis orchid season. Autumn may mean fall leaves, but this time of transition, not unlike spring, which is what it is in the other half of the world, autumn means orchids.

November 1, 2009

Autumn in New England - Foliage around the yard

After arriving home from LA this weekend, I could not help but notice how striking the fall colors are this autumn. Here are just a few shots of the many Japanese Maples, Magnolias and Enkianthus species, which are all aflame in brilliance.

Nerine sarniensis 'Isandwlana'

This year, the Nerine sarniensis are blooming incredibly well, with most in full flower as I type this. I have added a few new Exbury hybrids and this one is particularly unusual, especially it's name, which I first thought was an error, until I Googled it, and discovered that Isandwlana is a place in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa. sandlwana, in Zulu, means "something like a little house. " according to a tourist site description. Regardless, at lease I know that this is not an error in my typing! Which, of course, never happens!

This variety has unusually stripped petals, and, has a stunning pigment of bluish- violet not found in other forms of Nerine sarniensis cultivars. It's color has been difficult to capture in these photographs, so I have tried multiple exposures and in different light levels such as cloudy, sunny, overcast, etc. Still, you can get a good idea of what it looks like.

Sorry for the delay in posting, I've been traveling, west coast, Los Angeles for work, and now, home again.