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20th June 2017
Small mattock, John Willis


28th March 2017
Jim Waddick writes "Here's a plant of Oxalis compress with large double flowers, but what is going on here.? The flowers are part of a good size clump of leaves, but then there is a near leafless stem going down almost a foot to end in a tiny corm barely under the soil. Unfortunately a greenhouse weed. Notice that the clump of foliage is NOT resting on the ground and has no hint of roots. Also note the picture of the tiny tuber. The tuber is attached to the main stem and there is a small bud just starting to develop where the tuber meets the stem. A lot of odd structures here."

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22nd March 2017
Roddy Ledlie asks"Is there a miniature blue Watsonia? Got a piece from a client last year. It has more than doubled and has seeded across the yard and my first bloom is today."

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22nd February 2017
This Tigridia is from Lima, it hasn't been clasified correctly. Photos from Norton Cuba.

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18th February 2017
I received this unlabeled plant/these plants recently at a garden exchange.

It looks like Albuca shawii, and it It produced a lot of new leaves, but the PBS Wiki states "The species is summer growing, and winter dormant."

Is it Albuca shawii?

Should I divide it, or leave it in the clumps? If so, when would be the right time?

Tom Karwin

TWTB Albuca shawii

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