What's blooming this week -20 September

AW awilson@avonia.com
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 22:47:27 PDT
Dear Mary Sue,

This is very interesting information. I can understand your reasons for
starting in August and had not realised it was necessary for you to do this.
Here, I do not start to water until about right now (mid- to late-Sptember).
The earliest species, such as O. massonia, come to bloom very quickly,
especially so if we get hot weather. Blooming in many species peaks from
mid-October through mid-December, then tapers off until February when it
picks up again for the late blooming species. 

If I were to start the season sooner, high temperature bursts that usually
occur at this time of year would shorten the blooming season and make
watering difficult.

It would be interesting to hear how other growers stage their winter-growing
Oxalis season.

San Diego  

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From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]
On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner


Newly blooming this week are these Oxalis:
Oxalis pardalis  MV 7632, Oxalis hirta (mauve form), Oxalis polyphylla v.
heptaphylla MV 43811B, Oxalis bowiei, and Oxalis zeekoevleyensis.
Unlike Shirley I start watering in August. I found from experience if I
waited until it starts to rain to water Oxalis, they fall blooming ones are
late to appear and don't bloom. I tend to plant them as I see them starting
into growth. Also blooming are Gladiolus carmineus, Zephyranthes candida,
Bessera elegans, Nerine angustifolia, Tulbaghia cominsii x violacea,
Hesperoxiphion peruvianum, Nerine humilis, and some other new Nerine
hybrids. One that has been blooming and I never added to the wiki, but I
think it would probably qualify since it is deciduous and looks tuberous is
Talinum paniculatum. I note that it is described as an annual or a subshrub
some places, but I started seed many years ago and one I put in a container
continues to reappear every year grown outside in my climate and not
sheltered from the winter rainfall. When looking up about it on the Internet
I found comments that the leaves are edible and a good spinach substitute.
Perhaps I should save seed for the BX for all those people who like to grow
bulbs with edible parts.

Another bizarre blooming at the moment is Delphinium luteum. Normally this
time of year it is still dormant.

Mary Sue

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

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