What's Blooming Now--TOW

Rodger Whitlock totototo@pacificcoast.net
Thu, 29 Apr 2004 18:00:50 PDT
1. Cyclamen repandum.

Huge sheets of it, mixed forms of all types. It does very well for
me planted in the duff that accumulates under big conifers.

C. repandum finishes the nine-month cyclamen season for me. It will 
start again in late July with a few tentative early blooms on C. 
hederifolium, which will come to a climax in September and then 
dwindle away by mid-November. Weather permitting, it will be followed 
by C. coum, which lasts until mid-March, whereupon C. pseudibericum 
fills in the gap until C. repandum once again displays its glory.

C. mirabile & C. cilicium flower only modestly for me in the fall; C. 
europaeum is an abject failure. And other species are generally a 
little too tender to survive in the long run: a good blast of arctic 
air and they're toast.

2. Endymion <something or other>, a pest of pests, as 
every seed germinates if you don't de-flower them religiously.

3. Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii -- I have some
white-flowered bulbs collected locally, but their seedlings revert
to the usual blue-violet. Camas is as bad as bluebells for seeding

I also have a named form coming into flower, 'Princess
Something-or-other', a beautiful deep violet with the great virtue
of not seeding about. The cream-colored double C. leichtlinii
leichlinii is still in tight bud. 
Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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