Whats blooming now - week of April 30th, 2012

Ken kjblack@pacbell.net
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:00:39 PDT
After returning home from the very enjoyable PBS get-together in the San 
Francisco Bay Area (thank you Nhu and all involved!) I was greeted by emerging 
buds from two of my Summer-growing Boophone disticha.  I was busy 
cross-pollinating this AM, but needed a break since close work with these blooms 
does give me both sore eyes and a headache.  The sweet fragrance on a this 
still, humid morning under marine clouds, is pleasant ... until you get close, 
at which point it smells to me more like a pesticide.

Here are a few links to shots on Flickr:


here is a shot of the new foliage on two of the non-blooming Summer-growers:


and finally ... emerging new growth on a cross between Winter-growing Boophone 
and Summer-growing Boophone disticha.  The foliage of all the siblings of this 
same cross
appears to be almost evergreen for me ... last year's leaves only declining with 
the emergence
of the new Spring foliage:


Ken Blackford
San Diego
USDA zone 10
where our normal May-Gray/June Gloom layer of low marine clouds and fog seems
to have returned right on schedule.

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