J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Thu, 04 Dec 2003 14:37:09 PST
Greg's report is most interesting.  I envy him all those species of Dierama 
growing in his province.

I've tried with various species of Dierama here, and found them very 
frustrating.  For the most part, seedlings in community pots simply die 
when separated into individual pots.  Lining them out into the field bed is 
just as fatal.

Plants from Telos Rare Bulbs have done better than those I've raised from 
seeds myself.  Even in containers, over the course of a couple of years I 
lose almost all of them however.  They are delicate to handle and very 
sensitive to abuse.  Around here, plants that can't take abuse do not last 
long......,  unfortunately.

I have to agree with Greg regarding botanical paintings vs. photos 
too.  Color slides are very difficult to make that get the colors looking 
just as they look on the flower when viewed with the human eye.  There are 
some fantastic botanical artists in South Africa.

Jim Shields

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