Thursday, 27 October 2011

Nerine display at Wisley

Nerine 'Honourable Mrs Wynn' illuminated from above.

Nerine display theatre at Wisley.
In the display area of the glasshouse at Wisley at present is a fine display of Nerine sarniensis and hybrids - a pleasant surprise when I wandered in there today. The majority of the plants are arranged in a colourful display on staging and in various containers, but a nice feature was the use special 'theatres' in which to display individual specimens. In these a spotlight shines onto the flowers, causing their colours to glow and sparkle more richly. On the walls hang a selection of reproductions of images in the RHS collection, among which are a couple of the paintings done by Lilian Snelling for Henry John Elwes of nerines he had bred here at Colesbourne - always nice to see them, even if many of the plants they picture are no longer extant.
 
Reproduction of a painting by Lilian Snelling of nerines raised at Colesbourne by H.J. Elwes.
 
Nerine 'Lavandu'
Nerine 'Jill'



2 comments:

  1. The Theatre is a good idea, the lighting really enhancing the flowers. 'Lavandu' is simply stunning, I'm bowled over!

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  2. I second Brian on 'Lavandu'. It's just unreal!!

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