Such nice photos and so organized thank you, I enjoyed them. Ann Marie Bill Dijk <email@example.com> wrote:Hi Folks, It has been one of those trying, difficult season, where nature with flooding, frost and earthquakes caused major damage and bulb stock losses, from which we are slowly recovering, But life goes on, in good and bad times, whether we like it or not. While we're on the subject (last weeks TOW) I would like to mention my choice favourite blue flowers. Without doubt is of course the exquisite Tecophilaea, the charmer, treasure and envy of all the blue flowers. We have been fortunate to grow it without any problem in our suitable climate, with the right free draining potting medium almost to perfection. Another big favourite is the sometimes temperamental Worsleya rayneri and the showy, long-lasting Leucocoryne species and hybrids, with the added bonus of delectable perfume. I will also download to the wiki a picture of a collection of Leuc.vittata hybrids, very nice, all different. Not to forget others like the beautiful Herbertia species flowering at the moment. This season I managed to flower a special, particular dark blue nicely shaped form of Herb. pulchella, a real treasure. Jim Forrest reckoned he got it from Alberto Castillo, perhaps Alberto might recognise it and put a name to the picture. Then there are the Conathera species, especially the C.bifolia, Moraea villosa "Zoe", Moraea loubseri, Geissorhiza species, especially G.radians, Gelasine azurea (syn G.elongata) the very beautiful Iris cycloglossa, Lapeirousia oreogena, Tropaeolum azureum, just to mention a few I like and grow. There will be plenty more,will show them perhaps another time. I have downloaded the following images to the wiki, go and have a look at them. Enjoy. http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… Best wishes, Bill D. Tauranga, New Zealand :annual rainfall :1250 mm. Sunshine hours, mean annual : 2350 hours. Temp.mean max.Summer : 25°C. winter:///15°C/. Temp.mean min. Summer :14.5°C. Winter: 5°C. Wet mild Winters with occasional light frost. -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.289 / Virus Database: 265.4.3 - Release Date: 26/11/2004 _______________________________________________ pbs mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php Ann Marie So. California, San Gabriel Valley, Zone 21 (Sunset Western Garden book) , influenced by both marine and interior air(Santa Ana winds). This makes it perfect for Citrus trees and most So African plants. I collect belladonnas, oxalis, criniums, amaryllis, palms, epiphyllums, succulents and other south african bulbs. For home and garden sculptures go to http://www.rjunkdrawer.com/ --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? All your favorites on one personal page Try My Yahoo!