Crinum season begins (with photos)

James Waddick
Thu, 04 May 2006 06:43:30 PDT
>For you Crinum growers in colder climates, Jim Wadddick,
>Jim Shields, and John Lonsdale come to mind, what's the
>survival report?

Dear Jay and all;

Jim S wrote:	"I'm planning to try Crinum plantings farther away 
from buildings this summer, "

	I guess I have a year's jump on this trial. I planted 3 
clumps (4-5 bulbs each) of C x powellii out in 'the lawn' last year. 
None are close to protection. The farthest is around 150 ft from the 
house. All were covered in a 12 in pile of leaves for winter. After 
digging out of leaves, they have all survived even a small pup about 
pencil diameter. Most are blooming size. I am hoping these  groups of 
bulbs will form immense clumps with foliage in all directions and 
unencumbered bloom scapes.

	Meanwhile my closer in and partially protected crinums all 
survived too. The C. bulbispermum show first spikes just at ground 
level.  None others show signs of flowers yet.

	We are in our April showers (a bit late) with 4 or 5 days and 
around 3 inches of rain so everything will change when the weather 
warms again.

	Bulbs continue here with a few 'Stars' - the Aril and 
aril-bred irises are dazzling, late scilla ( campanulata or whatever 
they are called now) in pink, white a blue),and  lilies are pushing 
up daily. The real show is provided by Robinia p. 'Purple Robe'- the 
purple flowered form of Black Locust. This looks like what a tree 
Wisteria should look. And peonies galore in a great range of colors 
and sizes. After the dullness of winter it is grand to see all shade 
of green too.

	I really hate to leave, but Tibet calls and I'll be back in 
around 3 weeks to see the next round of bloom.

		Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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