Cold winter miscellany

Robin Hansen
Sun, 06 Dec 2009 19:07:59 PST
Single digits in Missouri, and it was down to 20 at North Bend, Oregon where I live.  Or six miles north and in from the ocean 1 1/2 miles.  By 3:30 this afternoon it was 34 and dropping.

Yet, I still have Cyclamen intaminatum and purpurascens blooming in the greenhouse, unheated, not covered with Reemay until this afternoon.  Coum is just coming into bloom in the same house, and has yet to be bothered by the temperatures we have here

What surprised me was that C. intaminatum is still blooming in a trough on the west side of the house.  I've never seen it bloom much later than the end of October, and this one has been blooming since September.

On the other hand, I may lose some plants, as I did not prepare for 20 degrees last night, although the temps have been in the mid-20s for several nights.  I don't have a thermometer in the poly house so I don't know what it went down to, but anything that was dark and drooping, such as C. graecum perked back up by midday.  

Here on the coast my defense against cold weather is always Reemay over everything in the poly house when the temps stay this low, and I've rarely lost anything, even africanum, persicum, balearicum, etc.  I also try never to have plants, especially bulbs, more than damp at this time of year.  Consistently, the cyclamen survive such low temps if they are not wet.

Robin Hansen
Southwest Oregon USA
Zone 9, sort of
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: James Waddick 
  To: Pacific Bulb Society 
  Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2009 3:32 PM
  Subject: [pbs] Cold winter miscellany

  Dear All,
  The temps are dropping (single digits in the forecast) and a 
  winter storm warning was just announced with rain turning to sleet 
  and snow. Joy.

  But a few bright spots:

  Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus
  I was lucky enough to get some small bulbs of Cyrtanthus 
  brachyscyphus from BX # 189 10/27/08. Thanks Mary Sue.
  I was sort of shocked to get a handful of tiny bulbs.  I 
  potted them into 2 community gallon pots. Most of them seem to grow 
  and I noticed one showing a bloom spike with bright orange buds. No 
  color was given, but the wiki shows an orange scarlet flower. 2 
  others are showing just emerging stems with buds. There's a total of 
  15 growing heads. I anticipate even more flowers and much appreciated 
  in the cold dreary days to come.

  Moraea polystachya
  I have tried this in various spots for years. I planted a few 
  outdoors very close to the foundation in a south facing spot and even 
  had a couple survive and bloom in very inopportune times of the year. 
  They were never strong and dwindled. Seedlings in pots seemed weak. I 
  must have recycled the soil in these old pots for two pots in the 
  greenhouse are sporting blooming stems of this species.  Both plants 
  are small, but have had numerous flowers over a period of a couple of 
  weeks. Lovely purple iris like flowers with showy yellow signals on 
  each of the falls. Looks more like the first and last pix on the wiki 
  It is a lovely item and I wish I could grow it better on 
  purpose and get consistently good flowering on healthy looking 
  plants. Drat. I guess I need to appreciate these wayward flowering 

  Clivia miniata
  A couple plants seems to be showing the first signs of flower 
  stalks. Seems way too early.

  Cryptostephanus vansonii
  A recent inquiry reminded me. This summer my 'pink' form 
  bloom. I tried hand pollination - selfing and am glad to seed a good 
  size head of seeds developing. I seem to recall that each capsule can 
  have only 1 or 2 seeds each like Clivia and like Clivia the seeds 
  take months to a year to ripen fully. Any substantiation? It has been 
  a while since I have seeds developing.

  Narcissus 'Cedric Morris'
  In full bloom outside, at least a month or 6 weeks earlier 
  than its usual 'early bloom'. We've put a clear plastic bell over it 
  to keep rabbits from enjoying it - or at least chewing stems off. 
  This seems impervious to our tough weather.

  Thanks to the generosity of PBS list members and the BX, I 
  have accumulated a small collection of species and cvs. I won't 
  report in full here, but there are definitely some worth growing 
  under my conditions and some barely worth pot space.  A real mix of 
  things. The two most worthy of mention now are the very reliable and 
  charming O. versicolor and O. bowei.
  This is the third bloom season for O. versicolor and it 
  continues to get better. It has small flowers, but in serious 
  abundance. The pink/red peppermint stripes are not terribly showy, 
  but have a definite charm and the mass is impressive. The foliage is 
  also small and lacy. It has been easy to grow and keep going under my 
  less than devoted care.
  O. bowei is a new plant here in its first bloom season. It is 
  like any of many weedy pink flowered 'shamrock' Oxalis except on 
  'steroids'. Both the foliage and flowers are distinctly BIG. It has 
  sent up a lot of flower spikes and the large bright pink flowers make 
  a strong showing. The foliage is big, bright green and almost 
  lettuce-like. I suspect that once the flowers are gone this large 
  foliage may be a bit much, but it sets off the flower spikes that 
  bloom well above the foliage.

  Of course I am anticipating spring, but realistically expect 
  another 4 months of dark skies and lots of cold, ice and snow.

  Best Jim W.
  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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