A hardiness note - Frit persica

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:14:32 PDT
Jim Waddick wrote: “Aren't plants amazing sometimes?”

I’m happy to say that it has been years since we have seen this, but there
have been years when there have been hard freezes in mid April when many
tulips, daffodils and the big frits were in full bloom. 

In my old slide collection I have photos of Fritillaria imperialis in full
bloom but frozen hard, rigidly upright. The foliage gets an ominous dark,
water-stained look when this happens. Once they thaw out, they seem to go
back to normal, but it’s hard to believe that this is good for them. 

We had a light freeze the other night; Fritillaria raddeana, one of which is
in full bloom, had hard foliage in the morning. 

We also had heavy rains recently – it left the Tecophilaea flowers
pock-marked and ugly. 

Garden tulips of the kaufmanniana group (most of which are hybrids of Tulipa
kaufmanniana and T. greigii) are in bloom now. I really like these,
especially the ones with bright markings in the throat of the bloom. 

There is a new tulip cultivar being marketed under the name ‘Ice Stick’.
It’s blooming now, too. In terms of its origins, it’s a kaufmanniana tulip
(maybe even a form of Tulipa kaufmanniana in the botanical sense although
I’m not sure). It has flowers typical of Tulipa kaufmanniana (small so far)
on a tall stem. I’m still getting used to it – for now, it’s the giraffe
tulip, something new and interesting.    

Jim McKenney
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