Pacific BX 71

Dell Sherk
Thu, 19 Aug 2004 06:02:25 PDT
Dear All,

     The items listed below have been donated by people from all over the
world, to be shared. If you are interested in obtaining some of them, please
email me PRIVATELY at <>. Include "BX 71" in the subject
line. Specify the NUMBERS of the items which you would like; do not specify
quantities. It is a good idea to include your snail mail address too, in
case I don't already have it.  Availability is based on a first come, first
served system.
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18928, USA. Donors will receive credit on the BX for the cost of postage for
their donations.


From Mary Sue Ittner:


1. Ferraria crispa--Winter growing from South Africa. These are children
from a previous BX that have never bloomed for me. These are big blooming
sized bulbs you'd think. With another form of this species I didn't havemuch
luck growing them in a container so the ones I have left are going in the
ground. Tender

2. Ferraria crispa var. norterii--This one blooms for me reliably in
containers (bulbs are smaller in this offering) and is very pretty, not bad
smelling. Winter growing

3. Oxalis boweii -- This made the favorite pink category of a couple of us.
This is a fall blooming, tall, big gorgeous plant. Plant now. Thanks to Uli
for first sharing this beauty with me

4. Oxalis callosa -- Another favorite of mine, ex Telos, pink with a red
ring. Fall blooming. Plant now. Limited quantity


5. Fritillaria biflora -- Late winter to spring growing, chocolate color,
California native

6. Triteleia laxa -- Why would anyone offer seeds of this you might say,
probably the easiest California bulb to grow and widely available. Seeds
were saved from my plants grown from North Coast population wild collected
seed that is shorter, darker in color, and doesn't offset as much as some.
Winter growing

7. Veltheimia bracteata -- This is just the normal colored version. Try the
paper towel method for germination. This one is either evergreen or has a
short summer dormancy

From Paul Tyerman:


8. Moraea polystachya
9. Zephyranthes atamasco
10. Calydorea amabilis

From Jay Yourch:

    Zephyranthes sp. Labuffarosa - A vigorous, heavy blooming, large
flowered natural hybrid rain lily from Mexico.  Foliage is broad, shiny,
attractive and has good presence in the garden most of the year.  Extreme
cold will burn it back and sometimes in mid-spring the foliage becomes
sparse for no apparent reason, only to come back strong later in the spring.
The flowers range from white to pink, with bi-color common also.  The
flowers last 2-3 days, but do this repeatedly about 3 days after each good
summer and early fall shower, so they make a fantastic contribution to the
garden at that time of year.  Cold hardiness at least to Zone 7.  Does well
in sun to part shade with moist, rich soils, mucky soils seem OK too, dry,
poor soils to be avoided.  It is a low, neat grower that looks good at the
front of the bed.  Very easy to grow and flower, pest resistant, and trouble
free if provided with rich moist soil and adequate light. Would grow well in
a container in colder climates, but probably needs some summer heat and
humidity to perform well. This is one of those plants that make me look like
a really talented gardener, which I freely admit I am not.

I have 2 clones in my garden.  One is a large flowered deep pink form that I
call 'Messenbrink's Pink' (not a real name) after the color and the nursery
in North Carolina where I got my first bulbs.  It is a very good offsetter
and bloomer.  The other clone is large flowered mostly white form (little
bit of pink on the tips) selected by Plant Delights Nursery which is named
'Big Dude'.  Its habits are otherwise the same as 'Messenbrink's Pink'.

The plants will set seed with hand-pollination, but only seem to do this if
more than one clone is involved, so there may be some self-incompatibility
issues.  When I move pollen between 'Messenbrink's Pink' and 'Big Dude' and
vice-versa I get heavy seed set on both seed parents, otherwise nothing.

I collected seeds from both parents. I do not know that the seedlings will
be different, but I kept them separate just in case.  I was a bit reluctant
to let these go (I kept some for myself and pollinated them again
yesterday), so if you receive these from the BX, succeed with growing and
flowering them and get some really nice flower forms, I would like to hear
about it. 

Here are the seed offerings:

11.  Zephyranthes sp. Labuffarosa 'Big Dude' (seed) x 'Messenbrink's Pink'
 12.  Zephyranthes sp. Labuffarosa 'Messenbrink's Pink' (seed) x 'Big Dude'

Thank you, Mary Sue, Paul, and Jay !!

Best wishes,

--Dell Sherk, Director, Pacific BX

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