fugacious and otherwise

Agoston Janos agoston.janos@citromail.hu
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:46:46 PDT
Dear Diane,

Than you should plant Paris quadrifolia. It blooms for about 21 weeks if have a good moist place in shade.

The plant emerges, than 2 or 3 weeks later flowers open and never close, they turn yellow when the foliage withers.

But it has got a creeping stolon, so can move about 20 cm (~8") per a good year. At the first year it bay be shy, can wither earyer or stay in soil for a year. (planting in Agust is the best I think.)

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Diane Whitehead 
  To: Pacific Bulb Society 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:24 PM
  Subject: Re: [pbs] fugacious and otherwise

  I find it very hard to understand fugacious flowers.  All that effort  
  for a couple of hours of show, and it is not as though they just did  
  the minimum necessary.  Often they are incredibly intricate in  
  colour, shape, markings, scent.  I guess they must grow in an area  
  with a guaranteed sufficiency of pollinators.

  I much prefer flowers that hang around hopefully waiting.  Like  
  trilliums.  John Gyer reports that the flower opens, then the pollen  
  ripens and two weeks later the stigma is receptive.  Then the flower  
  remains open another week or so to receive pollen.

  Or snowdrops.  I should keep track one year.  It seems that I have  
  had Galanthus woronowii in bloom from early January to late March.   
  Those are the ones outside my kitchen window so I see them every  
  day.  I don't know how long the other species out in the garden  
  last.  Certainly they all give good garden value.

  Diane Whitehead
  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
  mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

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