what's blooming this week October 10 2011

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:48:11 PDT
Here in coastal Northern California we have had some lovely weather 
lately. It seems a lot of things really liked that unusually wet 
weather we had followed by sunshine. My Cyclamen continue to be 
really nice and joining some of the other Crocus I reported on last 
week has been Crocus serotinus, Crocus longiflorus, and C.  tournefortii.

I still have Gladiolus carmineus in bloom, but also in bloom has been 
the spectacular Gladiolus stefaniae. This doesn't seem to be 
increasing very much as I only have one flowering.

The Nerines are still blooming and so is Hesperoxiphion peruvianum, 
Moraea polystachya, and Narcissus cantabricus.

Jim McKenney mentioned Scilla lingulata which I think some people are 
now calling Hyacinthoides lingulata. This has turned out to be one of 
my favorite fall bloomers. It increases well so I've had some to 
share and have found it is coming back in my raised beds in pots in 
pots exposed to whatever weather we have. Another one that increases 
perhaps too well in a pot that I've also planted in my raised beds 
that is returning and now blooming is Polyxena longituba, now 
considered Lachenalia longituba by some.

The fall blooming Oxalis have continued to be spectacular. Most of 
the ones I mentioned before are still blooming away and now also 
blooming are Oxalis purpurea, white form, Oxalis flava (several 
different forms), Oxalis fabaefolia, and Oxalis luteola (several forms).

There also have been a few Zephyranthes candida in bloom. More and 
more plants are breaking dormancy.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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