More Information about Pacific BX

Mary Sue Ittner
Wed, 11 Aug 2004 07:57:58 PDT
Dear All,

I had a house guest last week and mailed some material to Dell the day 
before my friend arrived and planned to write about my offerings as soon as 
she left, thinking I'd have time. I didn't get it done yesterday and it was 
on my mental list for today, but Dell is so efficient that he has already 
announced some of what I sent him.

12. Phaedranassa cinerea -- Grown from seed to flower from seed supplied by 
Bill Dijk. Plant now.
13. Lachenalia campanulata -- Grown from seed from Rhoda and Cameron 
McMaster of an Eastern Cape species that is evergreen if you keep watering 
it, but blooms late spring. Seed from my plants
14. Gladiolus carneus, pink -- This was open pollinated by the bees so may 
not be pure. It was blooming in June and was absolutely gorgeous. Here's 
Jana's picture from the wiki.…
We both have ours growing in raised beds unwatered in summer in northern 
California, but I suspect they would do fine in the ground too as this 
species has for me. Plant fall and allow change in day and night 
temperatures for germination
15. Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus -- almost evergreen, nice orange flowers for a 
long time in spring (for me anyway), one of the easiest Cyrtanthus, plant now.
16. Calochortus mariposa hybrids -- My Calochortus bloomed while I was in 
the UK and they were together so I'm not sure what you might get so I 
collected seed pods from several plants and decided to call them hybrids. 
The offspring could look like one of the species I suppose. I'm not sure 
when to tell you to plant them. My experience has been that I am most 
successful with Calochortus seed that is growing when it is not cold and 
wet so I have been starting seed of Calochortus in February and it seems to 
be working better than late fall when I started other native plants. In 
fact I still have some seedlings from some I started in February that have 
not died down. Early fall might work for me too when it is still dry, but 
seedlings coming up here in December or January when it is raining a lot go 
down rapidly
17. Herbertia lahue -- These can be grown on a Mediterranean cycle, 
blooming late spring-early summer. Flowers are short lived, but a lot of 
them are produced. Plant in fall
18. Tritonia deusta, dark markings -- Seed saved from plants of this 
species that has spots…
This one is coming back fine in the ground in my northern California garden 
where it gets occasional summer water, but not much

Mary Sue 

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