Not Spring Yet

Hugh Povey
Mon, 21 Feb 2005 11:53:51 PST
Hi Jim,
          Do you have any pictures of your
Ornithogalum Apertum in flower?
Do you know where I can get some seeds?

Regards  Hugh

 --- "J.E. Shields" <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> No, it is not spring here yet, after all! The sun is
> shining (for the 
> moment) but it is pretty chilly out there, maybe up
> to 20°F by now. My dogs 
> keep seeing the sunshine and wanting to go outside,
> only to be reminded 
> once out there that it is still cold.  Once this
> evening's promised snow 
> gets here, they will know it's cold outside.
> My "lost" pot of Cyclamen purpurascens has been
> found. It is bursting into 
> bloom. Some very nice person sent me some seeds of
> C. purpurascens when I 
> thought I had lost it. Now I can reciprocate with
> some seeds of C. graecum 
> if anyone needs that. I will send most to the NARGS
> SeedEx next summer, but 
> I can spare a few now for Dell's BX/SX.
> Cyrtanthus [elatus X montanus] is blooming, in fact
> several pots of it are 
> starting to open. There is a scape on one pot of
> Cyrtanthus mackenii 
> cooperi (the yellow form) and one on Cyrtanthus
> obrienii.
> In my little greenhouse devoted to David Conway's
> export clivias, there are 
> lots of scapes suddenly starting to appear. More on
> those later.
> Several of my Scadoxus puniceus are in flower, from
> several different 
> sources. I'm running around trying to pollinate
> them. Wish me luck, please!
> Ornithogalum apertum is blooming with yellow flowers
> with a green stripe, 
> Onixotis triquetra is in bloom (white), and several
> Lachenalia have started 
> flowering including LL. latifolium, mutabilis, and
> carnosa. Seeds have set 
> on L. pusilla. I didn't get them collected last
> year, and now the pot has 
> lots of tiny seedlings in it too.
> The new greenhouse is virtually finished. The power
> company ran the buried 
> cable from their transformer to the meter base
> yesterday, and they will set 
> the meter on Monday. The electricians have less than
> one day's work left to 
> do, and then I can have the final inspection. The
> new greenhouse will be 
> just for Clivia plants. I can finally turn my
> suppliers loose to ship to me!
>   Regards,
> Jim Shields
> in central Indiana (USA)
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