fugacious and otherwise

Kelly Irvin kelly@irvincentral.com
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:58:36 PDT
I'm with you, Diane. If having to choose one thing over another, I am 
the type to choose perennial over annual, and long bloom time over 
short. I really like the Zephs and Habs, though, which breaks my 
simplistic mold. I guess I feel they make up for short bloom time with 
repeats throughout the season.

I did not measure the time, but my Galanthus elwesii stayed in bloom a 
loooong time. I have a tulip which I planted this past fall (late), I'm 
pretty sure it is 'Coleur Cardinal', but I can't find the tag, which was 
in full bloom before the 18°F freeze we had, and is still in petal drop 
stage, all without even noticing the cold weather. Meanwhile, a clump of 
Tulipa clusiana 'Cynthia' was also in bloom and these blooms froze and 
the foliage "wavered", but it has put up some blooms since, individual 
blooms not lasting nearly as long as its neighbor's.

Whatever the red tulip is, I find it very handsome, not too tall for me, 
but quite stout and easy to notice. I sure hope it doesn't dwindle over 

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b


Diane Whitehead wrote:
> 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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