¡Today we start a BRAND NEW SECTION in the blog!
Us, the Picniquetters, we respect seasons & follow them with joy! That’s why our secret events have always had a strong connection with the rhythms of the year, its activities, products etc … That’s also why every month I prepare for the spanish readers a vegetable calendar, what I call the VEGEDARIO, a freebie to download with the list of fruits and vegetables in season month after month. But there are other more delicate and secret worlds that are connected with the cycle of seasons right?..Like FLOWERS! It’s very easy googling fruits and vegetables in season, but if you’re looking which flowers are in season each month, there is not such a clear information! Here in Spain as far as I can see there’s no such a flower culture, generally speaking. Florists always have the same offer of daisies, roses, tulips and not that much more. Of course there are also beautiful flowers shop where you can find every variety, so I thought to ask to one of them, my friends FLOWRS*, to enlighten our way! This amazing victorian shop hidden in the Antón Martín Market in Lavapiés accepted to show us every month a different, alternative, seasonal variety of flowers.
This month we decided to start with a cheerful, delicate flower but vibrant flower because Fall is here and everything is grey…so really need to cheer our homes up in November with a bold tone so…
Let me introduce you to the flower of the month: the NERINES!
Each month FLOWRS will teach us something new about a peculiar variety:
in season, different, affordable, with a variety of foliage to enrich the bouquet and an idea to exhibit the composition.
Nerines are named after the Greek nymph Nerine of the mediterranean sea although it is also known as Guernsey Lily : the legend says that some english sailor brought the flower to this island in the English Channel from southern Africa (apparently the bulbs arrived on the island by mistake, while the ship actually was directed to Holland !) Other French sources claim that was brought from Japan, collected by a gardener in Paris and later adapted in London by M. Lambert, an associate of Comwell in 1634. Anyway since then, Nerines have come a long way an until the mid nineteenth century, the plant had a wide acceptance in Europe and then its diffusion started to decline.
Bulbous Family Amaryllidaceae,
with dark green linear leaves about 30 cm.
tunicate bulb rigid stem terminal umbel with 8 or 12 mondulados flowers and folded inward
Flowering: From late summer to late autumn
Palette colors covers the white, orange , yellow and pink.
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Pink Nerines & Vaccin Mirtyllus green foliage
The price for this combo is 6,50€
The beautiful pot is a vintage porcelain. KAISER 60’s design. It belongs to a collection inspired by the forms of nature: barks of trees, ripples in water, crocodile skin and costs 40 € .