Hippeastrum brasilianum in Bloom and other things like groundhogs

Dell Sherk ds429@comcast.net
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:22:47 PDT

Is H. brasilianum a synonym for H. imaculatum (I think it must have two m's,
but I have rusty Latin)? I have plants of both names, though none has ever
bloomed. I have barely kept them from dwindling. What beautiful blooms, and
you say they are fragrant? I grow the hybrid 'Jewel' which is also supposed
to be fragrant, but to my nose, it is only slightly scented and not really
pleasantly so.

Here, the early crocus are beginning to fade and the late ones (vernus) are
in full bloom. Chionodoxas sardensis and luciliae are starting, also Scilla
sibirica. Bulbocodium vernum (Colchicum whatever?) have managed to put up a
few blooms after two years in the ground. This year I saw evidence for the
first time of deer trying to feed on Eranthis hyemalis. It looks like they
tasted them and spit them out. But next to them, they had a feast on the
common Hemerocallis and Scilla hispanica shoots.

In another garden I have used castor oil in the form of "Scoot Mole" and
this year there are quite a few crocus blooming. The first year I put crocus
in that garden, the critters ate 80% of them. The ones that are blooming
this year are what was left from my initial planting. So it looks likes
castor oil really does work. 

Now to find a cure for groundhogs (aka woodchucks). One young one caused
quite a lot of damage last year on leafy greens - it even ate parsley and
cilantro, but it didn't touch peppers or eggplants. I have started setting
traps baited with apples and a "store-bought" bait, but something gets in
and out of the trap with the bait in mouth and no catch. If you have never
been plagued by these rodents, let me tell you that they can destroy a
garden in one night! 



-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]
On Behalf Of J.E. Shields
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 12:40 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Hippeastrum brasilianum in Bloom

There is a picture of my Hippeastrum brasilianum now in my blog at:


as well as a Trillium nivale and Bulbocodium (or Colchicum) vernum.

Happy Springtime!

Jim Shields
in Westfield, Indiana

At 01:33 PM 3/20/2010 -0400, you wrote:
>My first flower on seed-grown Hippeastrum brasilianum is open.  It is a
>long white trumpet, fragrant, with slightly frilly edges.  I have the form
>with purple along the midrib on the outside of the sepals.  I've never seen
>this species in bloom before!  I guess I ought to go take a picture of
>it.  I'm quite thrilled.
>Jim Shields
>in sunny and mild Westfield, Indiana
>Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
>P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
>Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
>Tel. ++1-317-867-3344     or      toll-free 1-866-449-3344 in USA
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Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Tel. ++1-317-867-3344     or      toll-free 1-866-449-3344 in USA

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