Scarlet

A colourway of its own, these range from classic scarlet to fuchsia with some real classics.
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There are many wonderful new variations in these colourways. The bronzes, in particular, glow at sunset while the mauves have an etherial quality about them.
The original specie 'nerine sarniensis' is orange, however there have been many improvements in the shape and size of the head. Every collection should have a few examples of the magnificent new oranges that are much brighter than before. The reds, too, have a richness of colour and show off well in full sun.
The pale oranges and salmons have some of the most elegant hybrids. There is a wide variation in this category with some of the most beautiful flowers of all.
Pinks and whites are the mainstay of the modern nerine collection. Being old-fashioned I often gives these beauties women's names, and even if the person for whom it is named become older and her youthful beauty fading, she will always remain young and pretty when she is in flower. The variations in the whites are subtle, usually one will have a more crinkly petal or a fuller head or be larger or smaller than another.
The purples are our newest additions. In the past few have been available. These we often name for the bulb's savage african heritage. They make a great contrast to paler colours and have subtle differences that make them fascinating to collect.
Scarlets are grand and mythical, and many are named for the heroes of ancient Greece. They are few in number but exceptional none the less. Again no collection worth its salt will be without one.
Though they could be in other categories I have chosen to give these a place of their own. Many of these were the ultimate achievement of Sir Peter Smither's breeding programme. His last and latest hybrids, that he sadly did not live to see in person (I sent him photos) had very pronounced stripes or picotee edging. These we often name for stars and constellations and represent the apogee of nerine breeding.