first flowers

Fred Biasella
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:35:29 PDT
Hello All,

After a rather hellish winter (YUCK), I have a nice patch of Erythronium
'Pagoda' budding up quite nicely and should be in bloom very shortly. I also
have a solitary stem of Fritillaria raddeana about to bloom, several
different Lycoris leafing out quite nicely, including a Lycoris radiata that
seems a bit shy to bloom. Last year I purchased a few pots of Bletilla
'Yokohama Kate' and after a nice winter snooze under a mulch of oak leaves,
a bunch of pips have started to poke out of the ground. Then of course there
are the typical spring fare of, siberian squill, species tulips, daffodils
and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember right now.

One thing I'm kinda cautiously optimistic about are the two crinum I planted
last year. I purchased from Marcelle's Crinums in east Texas and were
planted deeply with a nice mulch to protect them. Of course, I was digging
around them this afternoon like some kinda rabid dog just to make sure they
survived our winter. So far so good, the bulbs seem firm and not the least
bit mushy. Time will tell and I'll keep the list posted. That's it for now.

Warm Regards,
Fred Biasella
Cambridge (Boston) MA

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of clayton3120
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:43 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] first flowers

 SAfter all these years of growing, it's still a thrill to see a seedling
bloom.  Erythronium sibericum budded here for the first time.   It's like
magic. I can't wait to see it.
Rick K

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM, Kathleen Sayce

> Many others in this group have written about the joy of seeing first
> flowers on plants grown from seed.
> Today the first flowers opened on a pot of Erythronium revolutum, seed
> collected 5 years ago on a local mountain trail. I counted 17 buds, so
> have flowers for a couple of weeks. From the size of leaves, this pot of
> bulbs is already producing offsets, so will be decanted this summer when
> dormant, and the bulbs divided between garden and pot. Meanwhile, the
> lowland E. revolutum is growing its seed pod, having been in flower a
> ago.
> In local woods, leaf out is underway, with hardwood trees' leaves about
> 1/3-1/2 open. Lovely light greens to gold colors.
> Cheers,
> Kathleen
> Kathleen Sayce
> PNW Coast, WHZ 8, dryish cool summers & mild wet winters
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