gentian21 gentian21@comcast.net
Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:42:44 PDT
My first Rhodophialia bifida bloom opened a week ago on the day the rains 
from Gustav started.  It has opened another spike today.  This is a bulb I 
planted last fall and it kept it's leaves all summer and started growing 
leaves again in early August. The early blooming one was planted shallowly 
in a moist bed next to Crinum bulbispermum jumbo that is mulched in summer 
and doing well in zone 5.  All the others were planted as deep as I could 
plant.  Not that we really have winter anymore. In two other locations they 
have sent up spikes in the last couple of days with a third one with old 
leaf still dormant,  This is under the overhang on the south but somewhat 
shaded where few things will grow. Right in front of it I have one in the 
moist zone sending up a spike.   Much of the shade is from a large Magnolia 
grandiflora Edith Bogue that I have to prune back due to lack of space.  I 
am hoping the rhodophilia patch will creep back toward the shadier area 
where the were is little but Lycoris sqamigera.  Next to it I have a 
Tropaeolum polyphyllum that I have hopes for  One of the was deciduous being 
in a drier area but all others kept their leaves this summer both they are 
still going to bloom for their second year.  My potted ones have yet to grow 
but I kept them too dry all summer as in forgot about it.  I do like having 
them in a pot so I can actually view the up close.  Now that I have a cold 
greenhouse I am finding it more useful that the heated one.  I try to keep 
the minimum at about 18 in there.  It is a good place for Rhododendrons, 
bulbs, delsopsermas, palms, hydrangeas and seed growing.  Now that I am 
retiring in a month I will be able to do a lot more and keep up with things 
Frank Cooper
Urbana, Illinois
zone 5b
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 10:02 AM
Subject: [pbs] Rhodophiala

> Dear All,
> This is a slow time in the garden. A sudden cold front, rains
> from a lagging Gustav and lower temps have slowed things down a lot.
> Lycoris caldwellii is still going strong and my optimism is
> for bloom on the later L. radiata and relatives.
> A small patch of color is provided by a pot of Rhodophiala
> bifida in a gallon pot. On the one hand it really isn't much, but the
> color is great and the amount of care is minimal so it is getting
> more attention -at least admiration- for a few days now. Mine is from
> the Texas 'form' which I have tried in the garden, but without
> success. just pushing it a bit too much.
> Anyone else blooming it now?
> Best Jim W.
> ps. I meant to comment earlier about Judy G's note on 'Friendly
> INvaders'. You mean it isn't all black & White and there are shades
> of grey? Whoda Knew? Thanks for the link.
> -- 
> Dr. James W. Waddick
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
> Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
> Ph.    816-746-1949
> Zone 5 Record low -23F
> Summer 100F +
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