Flowering this week September 2

Jim McKenney jamesamckenney@verizon.net
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:14:17 PDT
Rhodophiala bifida is blooming today, and Cyclamen graecum has started. And some colchicum have white sprouts emerging. These include what I call the "old Portland garden form" of Colchicum agrippinum distributed by Jane McGary. This one has better color and form than the usual commercial form I've had. 

Bulbs of Fritillaria imperialis and F. persica dug for summer storage indoors (the freshly dug bulbs were wrapped in paper) are now sprouting roots. 

Winter wet might be bad for Polianthes tuberosa, but here on the east coast you can't give them too much water during the summer. And it's hard to get the soil too rich for them. I've grown them in pots standing in the shallows at the edge of a pool, and I heard no complaints. 

Boxes of fall planted bulbs (tulips, daffodils, minor bulbs) have been in the grocery store for two weeks now. In the florist department of the same store, freshly cut blooming tulips are for sale. What a world we live in!

Jim McKenney
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