What's in bloom

Rodger Whitlock totototo@telus.net
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:56:35 PST
Various forms of eranthis, the winter aconite.

* the usual bright yellow form

* an orange tinged form I received as seed under the name 'aurantiaca'. Comes 
true from seed.

* a group of doubles derived from the Gothenberg Botanic Garden. I don't know 
if I still have the original clone, but if it's lost, double seedlings fill the 

* a hybrid between E. hyemalis and E. cilicia with darkish foliage and an 
especially bright, almost glittering flower. This is not the cultivar 'Golden 
Guinea'. (E. cilicia is no longer considered a distinct species, but from a 
horticultural point of view is distinct from the more usual eranthis grown.)

* 'Moonlight' a paler yellow than the usual form; not a strong grower, but it's 
holding its own and looks ready for division this year.

* 'Pauline', another pale yellow. A very weak grower that barely escaped 
destruction in 2011 during construction work.

Moonlight and Pauline are quite similar in flower, but Pauline gives the 
impression of being a little paler and having slightly more noticeable 
pencilling on the petals than Moonlight.

Snowdrops. Cyclamen coum. Iris unguicularis. Crocus sieberi. Iris 'Katherine 
Hodgkin'. Mandragora officinarum will be flowering in a few weeks. 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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