Pacific BX 181

Dell Sherk
Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:10:37 PDT
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From Mary Sue Ittner:

BULBS: (some of these are not blooming size):

1. Ferraria crispa
2. Gladiolus alatus cormlets
3. Herbertia lahue grown from 3 sources of seed labeled as other things 
4. Lachenalia aloides var. vanzyliae -- this variety has part turquoise
5. Lachenalia liliflora 
6. Lachenalia longituba, syn. Polyxena longituba-- increases rapidly,
flowers in the fall 
7. Lachenalia mutabilis 
8. Lachenalia orthopetala 
9.Lachenalia splendida 
10. Lachenalia viridiflora bulblets 
11. Muscari pallens -- small plant that is late to appear, but charming with
pale blue to white flowers, originally from Jane 
12. Oxalis glabra -- tiny bulbs so easy to find their way into other pots,
still bright and colorful when in bloom 
12. Oxalis purpurea 'Garnet' -- the one with purple leaves and bright pink
13. Oxalis semiloba -- still hasn't bloomed for me, but the bulbs are
getting very big so maybe this year 
14. Romulea bulbocodium bulbcodium (purchased from Jane years ago as
Romulea clusiana) -- very reliable bloomer every year 
15. Tritonia cormlets, mixed colors, probably hybrids of T. crocata, grown
originally from Kirstenbosch seed 
16. Tulipa turkestanica

SEED: (some in limited quantities):

16. Bellevalia romana-- first got seed of this from an Australian friend who
said it was a good doer. He is right and I like it when it is first in
bloom, although the white flowers do fade to brown 
17. Cyclamen pseudibericum 
18. Erythronium californicum 
19. Erythronium helenae 
20. Hesperantha latifolia -- this Namaqualand species has also been easy in
coastal Northern California which seems strange, bright pink flowers in
21. Hesperantha pauciflora (pink) 
22. Lachenalia aloides aurea -- one of my favorites with golden flowers 
23. Lachenalia maughanii, syn. Polyxena maughanii 
24. Pelargonium barklyi -- attractive leaves, this is one of the geophytic
Pelargoniums that I can get to bloom in spite of it being from Namaqualand. 
In the past it has been recommended to prick the seed with a needle to
hasten germination 
25. Romulea grandiscapa 
26. Sparaxis grandiflora ssp. violacea 
27. Tulipa clusiana chrysantha

From Roy Herold:

28. Lilium maritimum
Seeds and a couple of bulbs. This has turned out to be a very satisfactory
pot plant for colder climates, and has definitely become my favorite lily
(as in Lilium). I keep it under the bench in the greenhouse for the winter,
bring it out when the shoots emerge (late March here), and put outside in
mid-April. It blooms for a couple of weeks in May and into June, and goes
dormant in mid-July. These seeds are from hand pollinations with a little
help from bees and a hummingbird. Use a gritty, sandy soil mix and deep pot.
My plants are from a friend, ex Northwest Native Seeds, I think.

29. Adonis vernalis
A bit less familiar than Adonis amurensis (or what goes under that name). A.
vernalis blooms later, with similar yellow flowers, and more delicate
foliage, and does not go dormant until late summer. A quick search turned up
no commercial source, but my plant originally came from Ellen Hornig and one
of her Czech suppliers. Probably most suitable for cool/cold climates. Plant
the woody rhizome with the new bud about an inch or two below the surface of
the soil, with the stiff roots going straight down--do not spread out. Only
a few.

30. Corydalis turtschaninovii
Say that five times fast. Or, if among gardening friends, just say 'church'
and they will know what you mean. For me, the best blue corydalis out there,
including all of those fancy fibrous rooted types from China, most of which
are annuals around here. Mine have started to seed in, or is it seed out, as
the ants carry them to interesting spots.
I even had a pink one show up this year (not x solida!). Plant immediately,
as they don't like to dry out. Bulbs, ex Ruksans, natch.

31. Anemonella thalictroides 'Cameo'
Pale, pale pink double, another classic. See general anemonella notes from
BX 148. Tubers, only a few.

32. Arum orientale v. sintenisii (aka A. sintenisii?) I give up. Perhaps
someone else can get this one to bloom, and share the secret. A few decent
size tubers and lots of little offsets. See my notes from BX148.

From Paul Cumbleton:

33. Massonia pustulata - a form with very few pustules

34. Massonia pustulata - purple leaf. This is the best form I have seen,
where the emerging leaves are dark purple. Green tones develop as the leaves

35. Massonia depressa

36. Massonia pygmaea ssp. Kamiesbergensis

37. Daubenya marginata

38. Polyxena pygmaea - seed from plants grown from seed from the Karas

39. Gladiolus uysiae - This lovely dwarf gladiolus has a very strong &
delicious perfume!

From Alessandro Marinello:

40. Seed of Ixiolirion tartaricum

From Tsuh Yang Chen:

41. Scaly rhizomes of Seemania purpurascens (formerly Gloxinia)

Thank you, Mary Sue, Roy, Paul, Alessandro, and Tsuh Yang !!

Best wishes,

Dell Sherk, Director, PBS BX

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