what's blooming week of 3/11/2013

John Wickham jwickham@sbcglobal.net
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:04:01 PDT
Down here in Los Angeles, I've got nearly everything in bloom it seems.

-- Gladiolus alatus
-- Gladiolus lilaceous
-- Gladiolus cunonius
-- Gladiolus griseus
-- Sparaxis elegans
-- Sparaxis pillansi (two years from seed)
-- Ferraria crispa
-- Moraea atropunctata
-- Several Babiana
-- Hesperantha vaginata
-- Many Lachenalia
-- Romulea elegans and others
-- Several Oxalis
-- Several Freesia

Its a little overwhelming. Stuff is popping everywhere and I can't keep up. At least the California natives are waiting, though Allium haematochiton is blooming.

--- On Mon, 3/11/13, Nhu Nguyen <xerantheum@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Nhu Nguyen <xerantheum@gmail.com>
Subject: [pbs] what's blooming week of 3/11/2013
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Monday, March 11, 2013, 10:11 AM

Hi bulb lovers,

Spring is here in coastal northern California. The South African plants are
starting to really pick up and have been putting on a show for the last few
weeks.

We start with Geissorhiza radians, always a lovely thing to behold. These
were grown from Silverhill seeds.
http://flickr.com/photos/xerantheum/…

Lewisia brachycalyx is doing much better this year. It will be a number of
years before it gets large enough to produce a nice and large ring of
flowers like you see searching for this species on the web. This was grown
from Ron Radko seeds.
http://flickr.com/photos/xerantheum/…

Tropaeolum tricolor is fr me the easiest of the Chilean tropaeolums. It
comes back every year and the tubers even multiply a little. Some rotted
last year but one of these days I will build up enough stock to have a
gigantic show. Or...I could spend some money at Telos Rare Bulbs, which is
where this tuber first came from.
http://flickr.com/photos/xerantheum/…

Hesperantha bachmanii can be brought to flowering in the second year from
seeds. Build up enough corms for a lovely show. They open in the evening
and has the fragrance of tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa). I can't grow
tuberose because it's too cold here, but this makes a lovely substitute.
http://flickr.com/photos/xerantheum/…

Gladiolus quadrangularis, also came from Silverhill seeds some years ago. A
small but pretty plant.
http://flickr.com/photos/xerantheum/…

What's blooming in YOUR garden? Share with us!

Nhu
Berkeley, CA






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