Braggin' about what's bloomin'

Dell Sherk
Fri, 20 Sep 2002 21:38:40 PDT
Dear Marguerite,

    I am glad to hear you will be with us more, soon. Between my starting
back to teaching a few weeks ago and the simultaneous BIG flush of
tomatoes and peppers in the garden which need putting up, I have only been
able to keep the BX going without any time left to participate in bulb
    After a summer which I have named "the summer of the home invasions"
because of the armies of cretins who trampled my hardy bulb beds while they
painted and reguttered the building, I am delighted to report that I don't
seem to have lost any colchicums to murder by ladder feet. In bloom now are
Cc. agrippinum, cilicicum (2 forms), bivonae (2 forms including the
spectacular 'Apollo'), and what I guess is autumnale major.
    The tuberoses, single and double have been providing cut stems for
nearly a month. A pot of Hippeastrum mandonii is in bloom for the first
time. And xAmarcrinum 'Dorothy Hannibal' is putting up a scape.
    Seed pods are ripening on Zephyranthes 'Fadjar's Red' and reginae both
of which were in bloom at the same time next to one another outdoors (What
hath God wrought?), and the seeds will go to the PBS BX.
    Life is good!

Best regards,

Dell Sherk, SE PA Zone 6. Amaryllids, South Americans, Cyrtanthus, Nerine,
Hardy bulbs.

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