Fri, 18 Mar 2005 09:43:32 PST
Please note that this splendid cultivar of Crocus sieberi is called 'Hubert
Edelsten' not Edelstein. Hubert Edelsten was a neighbour of E.A.Bowles, who
enthused him into Crocus breeding. Somewhere in his writings Bowles tells
how Edelsten would grow his crocuses in pots and bring them indoors to
pollinate in the evening after he came home from work. (He was Keeper of
British Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum.) Crocus sieberi 'Hubert
Edelsten' was given a First Clas Certificate by the Royal Horticultural
Society in 1924, so it is now a venerable plant.

I find it robust but slow to increase, but perhaps I should 'work' it a bit

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP


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