There has been some chat on the PBS site about Nerines. I am at the moment somewhat removed from access to the site but felt I may be able to contribute for a change to the exchange rather than being a lurker. Paul and I were rather fortunate in 2007 to acquire an extensive Nerine sarniensis hybrid collection from Mr. Charles Hardman. History of the collection: In 1952 Mrs Emma D. Menninger from Southern California and her husband ordered 1 of every variety of the Exbury Collection from the Rothschild Estate. This probably brought one of the premier Nerine sarniensis collections to the USA. Mrs. Menninger was involved with taking these plants and hybridizing, particularly nice whites. She called her “new” hybrids the Green Oaks collection. I believe in the 1960’s, the Menningers were involved in an automobile accident that had a devastating effect on their ability to garden. Mr. Charles Hardman volunteered to transplant their extensive Nerine collection and was given 1 specimen of all the varieties that had multiple bulbs available. It took a number of weeks for Charles to transplant the collection. Charles continued with hybridizing the Exbury and Green Oaks and his varieties were grown under the name of the Holly Oaks Collection. Charles also obtained plant material from Sir Peter Smithers , Russell Grant, Harrison and others. During this time period, from literature I have read the original Exbury Nerines (UK) were placed in the capable hands of Sir Peter Smithers, who hybridized the Exbury collection on. Sir Peter was very specific and selective on the plant material and I am not sure how much of the original Exbury material was retained. When Sir Peter was unable to continue with the Nerine collection, it was returned to the Rothschild Estate, where it resides today. What we are growing We are growing a vast number 2000+ flowering sized bulbs of various known numbered crosses of mostly sarniensis. (Both parents known). We also have a large number (300+) of named hybrids. The named varieties we are growing has been attached asgrowlist.doc. We also have a number of Nerine species growing. Registration: We have been trying to obtain a register of Nerine hybrids or at least a check list to verify the validity of these cultivars. Some names are traceable to articles written by Mrs. Menninger and Charles Hardman in Plant Life and other publications. We would like to only release “named” varieties if they have been registered or after we have registered them appropriately ourselves. I have also tried unsuccessfully to obtain a copy of the registration form in order to take appropriate measurements and color gradients for future registration. If anyone has contacts or availabily of this information , Please, Please get in touch with me. Availability: A thorough inventory and photographic listing will be done on the collection during the flowering season. Bulbs should be available late spring as the growing season finishes. Email me privately if interested. Growing Conditions: For those who are interested in our growing condition, we are located in Central California. The climate has desert influence. The summer temperatures are near 95F (32C) with plenty of sun and dry atmosphere. The evening temperature do drop to around 68F (20C). Winter growing conditions range from 66-80 F (19-27C) with sunny dry conditions. Winter night temperatures can drop to freezing, but mostly around 40F (5C). We have access to 4 gallon (15 L) plastic pails (11” x 11” x 14”) (24cm x 24cm x 30cm) and plant 4-6 bulbs in each pail. The mix utilized is a gravelly quick draining medium. A typical mix by volume would be compost:1, shredded pine needles:1, charcoal:1, peat moss:1, birds eye gravel:2. The bulbs are planted with the shoulder and necks exposed. We water regularly during the growing season and sparingly during the dormant phase. Our bulbs do not shrink in size during their dormancy, or at least so we have not noticed. When we water during the resting phase it is just a very quick spray over the tops of the pots. I believe that the utilization of a deep pot is beneficial. The roots can grow deep into the pot and although the top of the pot around the bulbs may be very dry the roots still may have available moisture for uptake to the bulb. We dug a few bulbs a week or two ago and they were already initiating new root growth for the season. Even though the bulbs seem not to show any shrinkage watering from now until the initiation of flowering will result in noticeable swelling of the bulb resulting in the bulbs splitting their tunics. All our bulbs are grown under 70% shade cloth in their pails on pallets raised on cinder blocks. During the coldest time of the year, we will place a frost cover over the plants which protects for an additional 2-3F. We had no frost damage to the plants last year with excellent growth throughout the winter period. From the literature I have read, Nerines have 3 flowering seasons of bulbs “imprinted” in the bulb. Perhaps this can result in sporadic flowering of bulbs if conditions are not ideal for multiple consecutive years. We transplant our bulbs during the dormant stage, but last year we were finishing up the last of our acquired bulbs right into when the plants were sending up flower spikes with no noticeable effect on the growing season. Questions are freely accepted. I am currently where I only have internet access once or twice a week, but Paul has regular access. We can be contacted at: michaelhomick @ gmail.com and farmerguys08 @ gmail.com.