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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Dec 16, 2011 10:08 PM CST
Hi Zuzu,

I also dislike the cold. Though by any standard other than a Californian, what we have here is not considered cold. It's wonderful that you still have so much color in your yard. I also discovered Nerine a few years ago for fall/winter color. But, mines never seem to mulitply. I plant 5 bulbs - I get 5 blooming plants the next year.....sometimes less, but never more. Your patch looks so full and healthy. Do your nerine bulbs multiply?

Dianne
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 16, 2011 10:29 PM CST

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Yes, mine grow into great big clumps and have to be divided regularly.

Speaking of the cold, my friend Sue and I went out nursery shopping today and enjoyed a surprising afternoon of 70+ degrees. Quite a change from this morning's 28 degrees. Smiling
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Dec 16, 2011 10:36 PM CST
What I have is nerine bowenii. Yours must be a more robust variety - or you just have a greener thumb than I. Rolling on the floor laughing

Our temperatures has been dipping just a tab below 32 on and off for about the last week. I had to string up some lights to keep my newly purchased kumquat from freezing, and decided to add another string and extend it out a little so that it looks like I got my act together and put up some Christmas lights. We only got to about 60 degrees today.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Dec 16, 2011 10:42 PM CST

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No, mine's bowdenii too. I've tried growing the other ones and they just disappear, or never appear to begin with. I suspect the gophers get them before they can even start coming up out of the ground. The N. bowdenii just happen to be planted in gopher-proof beds and containers.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Dec 17, 2011 12:16 AM CST
Well. I am lucky in that there are no gophers in my area. So, I can't blame it on them. Whistling

I have the lighter one and the slightly darker one. I have collected the seeds on and off, but never got around to watching them to see if they sprouted or not. I really like them for cut flowers during November.

my sparse "patch" of nerine For the arrangement, I have to wait until the maximum number of blooms is at their prime and then I have to cut them all.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Dec 17, 2011 1:03 AM CST

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I love the way they look in a vase. You should add that photo to the database.
Name: Marie
Tolleson, Arizona (Zone 9a)
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Desertdenial
Dec 21, 2011 9:41 AM CST
Love the nerines. I've never been able to have them survive in my garden. I will try buying more this year and amend the soil better.
I hate the cold!! My garden is black in many spots although I do still have a lot blooming and I should be really thankful that I do not get snow or have to stay inside and dream about gardening for 6 months of the year!
Marie
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