Alberto Castillo
Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:24:20 PDT
Jane and Jim:
                     The virus is most evident as broken color stripes in flowers. Not distinguishable in foliage. 
                      It is shown in several cultivars in the web.


> Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:16:30 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [pbs] Crocosmia
> I recently bought a number of Crocosmia selections from Far Reaches 
> Farm, the nursery Diane Whitehead mentioned. They all look healthy 
> but I'll keep a close eye on them for signs of virus, following 
> Alberto's advice. In my former garden the only cultivar that survived 
> was 'Lucifer', but now that I'm in a warmer place I'll try more. I 
> have them in my just--installed cutting garden, up above the winter 
> "soggy" line. I must get some 'Lucifer' from the old garden this 
> fall. It is the site of wars there among the hummingbirds.
> I just saw the first hummingbird in this new garden this morning, 
> feeding on the flowers of Eccremocarpus scaber,. a Chilean climber. 
> I'm not sure if it has a tuberous storage root, but it's not nearly 
> as tender as British books will tell you: plants set out in October 
> survived, green, through a colder than average winter and have now 
> climbed up to the gutters of the bulb house -- well over 2 meters -- 
> and are decorating it with their tubular scarlet flowers. It is very 
> easy to grow from seed; in fact, I think the plants here were 
> self-sown into pots in the solarium. Many people in this area put out 
> hummingbird feeders, but I think it's much better to grow flowers for 
> them to feed on, so they'll get better nutrition and be less exposed 
> to disease. Among bulbs, they especially love Dichelostemma ida-maia, 
> which is an open garden plant for us.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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