Shallots, Chickens and Pink

28 Aug

We harvested all our shallots a few weeks ago and now their skins have all dried, I have cleaned them up and they sit, golden and gorgeous, waiting to be used.

Home grown crop

Our new protective table cover is jolly.


There were lots of these unusual flowers at the Meudon Hotel, great long borders of them. I’d love it if someone could identify it for me – no leaves, just long pink stalks with the large blooms on top, no perfume sadly.

What is this flower?


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17 responses to “Shallots, Chickens and Pink

  1. saymber

    August 29, 2018 at 1:04 am

    What I found – seems to line up with what the other folks here are saying! – Amaryllis belladonna

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Amaryllis belladonna

    Scientific classification e

    Kingdom: Plantae
    Clade: Angiosperms
    Clade: Monocots
    Order: Asparagales
    Family: Amaryllidaceae
    Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
    Genus: Amaryllis
    Species: A. belladonna

    Binomial name
    Amaryllis belladonna
    Amaryllis belladonna,[2] (Jersey lily,[3] belladonna-lily, naked-lady-lily,[4] March lily[5]) is a plant species native to Cape Province in South Africa but widely cultivated as an ornamental. It is reportedly naturalized in many places: Corsica, Portugal, the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Zaire, Ascension Island, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Chile, California, Texas, Louisiana, and the Juan Fernández Islands.[6][7]

    Perennial bulbous geophyte with one to two erect solid stems which appear in late summer. The inflorescence bears 2–12 showy fragrant funnel-shaped flowers on a ‘naked’ (leafless) stem, which gives it the common name of naked-lady-lily. The pink flowers which may be up to 10 cm in length, appear in the autumn before the leaves (hysteranthy) which are narrow and strap shaped.[4][5]

  2. Heyjude

    August 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I don’t think they are Nerines but Crinum × powellii pink. Nerines do have leaves and much looser flower heads. Naked ladies are usually the autumn crocus which flowers without leaves.

  3. Arkenaten

    August 28, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Sally, there’s a comment in moderation.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 29, 2018 at 7:23 am

      I wonder why that would happen. All approved! 🙂

      • Arkenaten

        August 29, 2018 at 10:43 am

        I included two links in the comment.

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 29, 2018 at 11:57 am

          Would that do it? Oh, well, got them and read them and think your id is the right one. Thank you. 🙂

          • Arkenaten

            August 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm

            Links automatically go into moderation to help protect against spam, I believe. You can change your settings easily enough to allow them through without moderation.

          • mybeautfulthings

            August 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

            Thanks, I’ll leave them as they are now I understand why. 🙂

  4. Arkenaten

    August 28, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    The flower looks like a Crinum LIly. ( this one is the Crinum Moorei)

    We have a few in our garden.

    For the record they are poisonous if ingested and Wiki suggests they could cause a certain amount of skin irritation.

  5. Anne

    August 28, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    They are native to South Africa and related to Amaryllis rather than lilies.

  6. Anne

    August 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hehee! Just seen Sue’s comment 😊

  7. Anne

    August 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    They are nerines, Sally. So strange without leaves. They make a colourful display.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you, yes I loved their long red stems and the pink flowers on top. 🙂

  8. Sue Hill

    August 28, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I think they’re Nerines, known as Naked Ladies because the flowers bloom without a modest covering of leaves!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you! I’m not a fan of pink but I loved these! 🙂


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