What is blooming mid-October

Ellen Hornig hornig@oswego.edu
Sat, 19 Oct 2013 07:53:43 PDT
Finishing up bloom here in Shrewsbury, MA is Gladiolus mortonius, which I
never dreamed would overwinter here (zone 5b or 6).  It's only been one
winter, and we did have good snow cover, so time will tell; but I was very
surprised when the clump I'd planted came up this year, and a few weeks ago
it bloomed heavily.  Superficially it looks somewhat like G. oppositiflorus
- same color - but in the garden, longer and laxer flower spikes and
foliage (and of course there are lots of other technical differences - they
aren't closely related).  It'll be interesting to see if it's there a year
from now.


On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM, M. Gastil-Buhl <gastil.buhl@gmail.com>wrote:

> In mid-October most of my bulb garden is bare but a few recent
> acquisitions are currently in bloom. The Hyacinthoides lingulata
> opened its first blooms yesterday morning, a month after the leaves
> emerged, just as predicted on the wiki page
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> The Oxalis livida from PBS BX 318#25 made only leaves last year but
> this year flowers precede the leaves. It has been blooming now for
> about a week. Mine looks just like the one on the wiki:
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> And the Oxalis "fragrans" from Telos has doubled in its tiny pot to
> make a fragrant bouquet, although I only get to see it on weekends as
> it opens late afternoon and early evening. I keep it on the porch to
> stop and inhale on every trip in and out of the house.
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> My own photos of these blooms from the past week are here:
> http://flickr.com/photos/gastils_garden/…
> It is nice to have some bulbs in bloom during this digging and re-
> planting time.
> - Gastil
> Santa Barbara, approximately zone 9b or 10a
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Ellen Hornig
212 Grafton St
Shrewsbury MA 01545

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