Habranthus estensis

Lee Poulsen wlp@Radar-Sci.Jpl.Nasa.Gov
Mon, 08 Mar 2004 11:50:05 PST
On Mar 7, 2004, at 7:14 AM, Alberto Castillo wrote:
> Dear Lee et al:
>                      Although there can be no doubt that Lee Poulsen 
> is a superb bulb grower, I must mention that Habranthus estensis is 
> autumn/winter/spring growing species, flowering in early autumn and 
> going dormant in summer. Is there any image available?
> Best
> Alberto

Thanks Alberto for making this correction. However, I must make a 
correction of your statement--which should explain my mistake I hope. I 
am not a superb bulb grower, merely a hobbyist who has let the hobby 
get away from his control. I would claim that Mary Sue is an example of 
one who is in the category of "superb bulb grower" (or expert hobbyist 
as I would classify it); after all, she *knows* all the correct 
scientific names of all the species she has grown or has seen, *and* 
she has spent good money multiple times to take foreign trips for the 
sole purpose of looking for and viewing bulbs growing in the wild, 
whereas I've only managed to squeeze the viewing in as a side trip into 
a more common tourist trip.

In any case, I never noticed that my H. estensis weren't growing in the 
summertime. The flowers these seeds came from suddenly bloomed in a 
spectacular manner in early September of last year, which is still 
quite warm so I consider it summer, plus they were watered all summer. 
I put some photos of them on the wiki at 

I trust you will see my message when you successfully recover from your 
operation. No fair doing a hit-and-run posting like that  ;-), but I 
hope you get well soon.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

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