I didn't get the best of light this year, however they look gorgeous no matter the weather. You can see from the film above though that I was battling the wind, not an easy thing for photographer nor camera! Enjoy these beauties.
It's Opening Night at 'The Bailiwick In Bloom' Exhibition at Sula Framing & Gallery in Guernsey tonight! Great to have Hotspur (a particularly flamboyant Nerine!) in the Exhibition as one of the sixty pieces on show. ‘The Bailiwick in Bloom' has work from artists of all ages and is being held from 4th - 20th May 2023 with opening night tonight! See a little glimpse of the Exhibition here on Facebook.
Hotspur is for sale in my Art Print Shop, as well as a variety of Nerine Fine Art Prints. You can see a selection of similar work on the Nerine section of my blog.
Thank you to Plant Heritage Guernsey who gave me access to their beautiful National Collection of Nerines again this year during the annual Nerine Festival in October. Here are a few of my favourites from this year! Fine Art Prints of my photographs of the Nerines are now available online.
A few phone photos from the Opening Night at my Nerine Exhibition at Sula Gallery - you can see some of the Nerine Prints on my Gardens page and there's a little article from the Guernsey Press on another blog. Thank you to everyone who came, thanks to Hayley and the team at Sula and to Plant Heritage who loaned a Nerine Corusca Major for Opening Night.
A little write up on my Nerine Exhibition in the Guernsey Press - though I think I waffled a little confusingly about where I live and the fact I wasn't over for a baby shower this time, must be less bumbling in future!! Thanks to the Press for the article and to Sula for hosting my Exhibition!
It is part of a Guernsey childhood to grow up with tales of shipwreck and salvage. The story, potentially apocryphal, is that nerines arrived on the beaches of my home island in this very manner. Along with their South African sister the Agapanthus, they have thrived in Guernsey and it was a thrill to photograph The Guernsey National Collection of Nerines care for by Plant Heritage Guernsey.
They say that Guernsey folk are always on a rubber-band pulling them back; in a stolen moment before the November Covid-19 lockdown, a flight to Guernsey was possible to be amongst the people and places of home. In this time of crisis and unknown trajectories, there seems to be a great need for that feeling of home and belonging. For me, these nerines – and their greenhouse - are a representation of that very thing and I was keen to capture a moment of their beauty at the end of the season. Fittingly, they were on the cusp of their winter fade with some in full splendour and some submitting to the change of the seasons. The Collection beamed with timeless beauty whilst giving a reassuring nod to the cycle of their growing year and the year to come.
It was a joyful thing to walk amongst the plants with my camera, being drawn in by the Collection as a whole and at a more intimate, individual level; photographing the character of these plants, both delicate and flamboyant, and the peace and beauty of what they represent.
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