what's blooming Winter solstice 2011

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Wed, 21 Dec 2011 21:39:04 PST
Dear Friends,
	We are in serious winter with nothing in bloom outdoors. Buds 
are showing in the Narc 'Cedric Morris'. Normally this will bloom in 
late Jan to Mid Feb. I wish I knew a sure fire way to propagate this. 
The last time I dug and separated bulbs I almost killed it. I gave a 
few away and now wish I hadn't. I really like this little charmer.
	Any advice appreciated.

	In the Greenhouse- incidentally kept above freezing and still 
above 40 now until the temps really bottom out. I have a single spike 
on Cryptostephanus vansonii. Unless I hand pollinate, I never get 
seed, but it self easily. Cute, but relatively small.

	Normally things are pretty slow in the greenhouse this time 
of year as the days get shorter and shorter, but due to the amazing 
BX, I have had seeds and bulbs to plant beyond my usual level. It is 
uncommon for me to order much but I have found at least one or 2 
items in three recent offerings and succumbed. I think I made back my 
subscription in the last few weeks just by ordering some rare items 
at near give away prices. Too much temptation.

	I also took advantage of a very late season sale at Brent and 
Becky's Bulbs. Nice folks and half price. What more could I do ?

	Wishing warmth and good wishes to all. 		Best		Jim W..

ps I am co-chair of the Species Iris Group of North America (SIGNA) 
Seed Exchange and busy preparing our offering to come out just after 
Christmas (we keep hoping). This year we have a really special 
assortment of over 50 selections and hybrids of I. versicolor,  x 
ensata,  x virginica, , x pseudacorus , and x laevigata in almost 
insane combinations. Check <http://www.signa.org/> after Christmas. Among 
other Irids we have a good supply of some other choice genera, too. 
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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