Two years ago I gave some Rhodohypoxis baurii to the guy who designs my catalog and website, and he planted them directly in his garden in "downtown" Oswego (so more sheltered than at my more rural hilltop location, and with plenty of snow cover, of course). Last spring he reported that they popped up and bloomed just fine (he has the photo to prove it, and it's on the website). Of course I then put a bunch into my garden, and will be curious to see if any return, as it's been a totally bizarre and atypical winter here. I also set out a few Hypoxis hemerocallidea that I raised from seed, so we shall see whether or not any of them return -also some Cyrtanthus breviflorus, which Aaron Floden reports are hardy for him in Kansas. One never knows - especially here in the snow belt - and it's always fun to try. Ellen Hornig Seneca Hill Perennials Oswego NY USDA zone 5 http://www.senecahill.com/ Original Message: ----------------- From: J.E. Shields email@example.com Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 08:25:19 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [pbs] Hypoxis Don, Mark and all, Rhodohypoxis baurii is supposed to be somewhat hardy, and we have cold-hardy native Hypoxis, so breeding hardy, multicolored hybrids would be a nice idea. A South African Hypoxis I have sets seeds all by itself every summer, blooming in a pot on my deck. These seeds appear in the pots around its pot from time to time as seedlings. Are Hypoxis a bit on the weedy side? I winter this Hypoxis in its pot, dry under a bench in the greenhouse. I tried one of its siblings in the rock garden over winter -- it did not survive. Jim Shields in central Indiana At 08:05 PM 3/2/2006 -0500, you wrote: >Dear Mark and All, > > It's been on my mind for some years, tried crosspollinating with >toothpicks, but never got to first base: wonder if it's possible to cross >Hypoxis hirsuta and Rhodohypoxis baurii? The hoped for result is something >like a slightly hardier Rhodohypoxis. > >Best, > >Don > >_______________________________________________ >pbs mailing list >email@example.com >http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php ************************************************* Jim Shields USDA Zone 5 Shields Gardens, Ltd. P.O. Box 92 WWW: http://www.shieldsgardens.com/ Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA Tel. ++1-317-867-3344 or toll-free 1-866-449-3344 in USA _______________________________________________ pbs mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web.com/ .