The Ides of May

Sun, 15 May 2011 22:05:33 PDT

San Diego 

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On Behalf Of Max Withers
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Subject: [pbs] The Ides of May

Dichelostemma ida-maia always blooms for me on May 15, as it does in its
type locality considerably north of here, but its name has nothing to do
with the date. Alphonso Wood, who named it, also noted the

Ixia viridiflora also bloomed for me reliably on this date, but has now
dwindled away completely, and my D. ida-maia is also suffering. I blame low
winter rain (we've had about 20" per year, or less, until this year), but it
could also be compete desiccation in the summer. I welcome any thoughts.

In the same bulb bed where the Ixia and Dichelostemma were lost, a single
Calochortus superbus that has struggled through the last 5 years or so now
has 14 visible buds, the first of which opened today:

I attribute this to better winter rain this year, but I am still astonished
at its promiscuity. I'd be interested to hear of other floriferous

Finally, I'm about to have a bumper crop of Asphodelus albus, which I'd be
happy to send to the PBX, if there's interest.


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