Return of some borderline plants

Jim McKenney
Tue, 29 May 2007 11:01:59 PDT
I enjoyed reading your post, Marilyn. 

Except for trialing a few odds and ends now and then over the years, I have
to admit that the amazing flora of southern Africa is still a lacuna in my
experience. In fact, one of the real benefits of participation in this forum
is the opportunity if offers to draw on the extensive experience of growers
in other areas better suited to that flora. My awareness of Gladiolus and
Moraea in particular has grown prodigiously thanks to the attention those
genera have received on the wiki (mostly, I suspect, at the behest of Mary
Sue). And then there are the accounts and photos of members of genera such
as Gethyllis and Androcymbium of which I knew nothing but names before
joining this forum. The wonderful diversity of African Romulea has been a
real revelation to me. 
So I'm a newbie with this flora, but I'm trying things as the opportunity
arises. In general, anything which is winter dormant can be wintered outside
here near a wall (very near, as in against the brick in some cases). 

Now that you've found the PBS, you're in the right place to learn a lot:
but not from me - yet.   

I just checked the image of Moraea huttonii on the wiki. It's beautiful and
fragrant - no wonder you're so happy about it. On the wiki it is described
as being very iris-like. In fact, the flower looks a lot like that of the
Iris pseudacorus hybrid known as 'Sea Krill'. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where phoebes, wood thrushes,
and Baltimore orioles are all providing such sweet music on the air now - a
veery called from the garden yesterday, and water lilies are blooming and
days are warm and nights are cool and what could be better?

My Virtual Maryland Garden
Webmaster Potomac Valley Chapter, NARGS 
Editor PVC Bulletin 
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