Wiki Additions-- Johnsonia and Kniphofia

Jim McKenney
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:14:31 PST
Mary Sue, thanks for this latest batch of images. 

The photos of Kniphofia uvaria intrigue me. They show flowers much nicer -
brighter, clearer colors - than anything I've seen under this name in
cultivation in the past. This name Kniphofia uvaria is common in early
twentieth century gardening books, and I've often wondered just what it is
supposed to be. I've raised garden material from seed in the past and they
were a big disappointment: pale, dull, pastel colors, not at all like the
vibrantly colored ones in your images. 

I wish I had room for a Kniphofia collection. There must be some problem
with Kniphofia here in eastern North America, because the plants are not
really common in our gardens, yet catalogs from the early twentieth century
show long lists of cultivars. Whatever happened to these plants? You would
think that our gardens would be full of them by now. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Fritillaria bucharica
has come out of the ground with a big, fat cone of buds and F. raddeana is,
as it were, waving some buds above ground to see if it's safe to come out.
It isn't -yet. 
My Virtual Maryland Garden
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Editor PVC Bulletin 
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