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General Discussion / Milla
August 01, 2022, 04:12:18 PM
Several Milla blooming now

Milla potosina sent up some late scapes with all the Recent rain in Kentucky
And Milla oxacana is starting into bloom

M potosina has a raspy flower stem
M oaxacana has a smooth stem

Last pic both side by side
2nd potosina
1st oaxacana

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Current Photographs / Hannonia hesperidum
July 14, 2022, 09:30:35 AM
A late summer bulb from low elevations in Northern Morocco. Have not seen it in years, must have liked the recent rain
Is this Zephyranthes traubii ?

It has the odd tepal orientation of Z jonesii

General Discussion / Bessera
July 09, 2022, 04:42:28 AM
A kind member from Australia alerted me to this new research on Purple Drops, the purple form of Bessera.

Bessera elegantissima-
Large white eyes, whitish staminal tube, glabrous (smooth) flower scapes, sometimes pruinose (with powdery frosting)

Bessera ramirezii-
Small white eyes, purple staminal tube, scabrous (rough) flower scapes.

These are blooming here and it appears what i have grown from Telos and Hannon stock include both forms and a mixture of both forms, with smooth stems and whitish staminal tube

The first 2 pics seem to be Bessera elegantissima

A d the 3rd pic seems to be Bessera ramirezii. With the small eyes, purple staminal tube and scabrous stem

The last pic seems to be a mixture with a small eyes, white tube and a smooth stem.
Current Photographs / Some lilies blooming now
July 01, 2022, 06:36:21 AM
It is a dry hot year and most plants are very stressed and stunted in the draught. But a few new blooms are open
All are aurelians
Blooming now
General Discussion / Identifying Korean lilies
June 02, 2022, 11:35:22 AM
Lilium distichum and Lilium tsingtauense are both orange asiatic lilies in bloom now in southern Kentucky.

I used to be able to distinguish these with L tsingtauense as up facing (sky) and leaf whorels and L distictum having more of a raceme with outfacing flowers and a taller stem with scattered leaves above a lower leaf whorl.

These lilies were planted together with the species somewhat separated. They have not been in the same ground long enough to hybridise but the rules above to distinguish them seem to be blurred.

My L tsingtauense are from Eddie McRae offered through the now defunct Species Lily Preservation Group and have a bilateral flower symmetry with the lower sepal pointing down. The illustrations in books (Fox, Growing Lilies) have the flower tepals evenly spaced in radial symmetry.

The L distichtum came from A friend now at Longwood and are believed to be the correct species.

Both flower symmetry forms are present on my plants now but the flower symmetry does not line up with the leaf patterns. Can the radial or bilateral flower symmetry be used to distinguish between L tsingauense and L distichum.

Or do i have something else growing here? 

Can some of you lily specialists help me out.
General Discussion / Eucrosia
May 20, 2022, 07:36:44 AM
These Eucrosia mirabilis seedlings were grown from ebay sourced seed started in 2014. This is the first time blooming. One stem bloomed several months ago at 3 feet tall when it was still "cold" outside, now three are blooming at 24" to 30" tall. 

In the past my Eucrosia mirabilis have always been green to slightly yellow with greenish white to cream colored anthers but in this batch one has yellow tepals like Eucrosia aurantiaca.  My E auratiaca are still sleeping in large pots on my hot driveway and are much larger plants. So i do not think the yellow one is E aurantiaca. 

Can E mirabilis be yellow or are these a hybrid? 
General Discussion / Get the Led out (Ledebouria)
May 05, 2022, 09:47:42 AM
It is well past time to bring the Ledebourias out from under lights into the sun.  

Here is Ledebouria agavoides from Lebona in NE South Africa in a 9" tall clay pot of pure pumice 
General Discussion / Thogs
May 01, 2022, 11:43:53 AM
Ornithogalum ceresianum. In a small clay pot not much bigger than the bulb 
General Discussion / Grown from the BX/SX seed
April 24, 2022, 02:09:30 PM
Grown from BX 363 seed (June 2014) as Hippeastrum stylosum. But looks more like a xHippeastrelia.
General Discussion / Bulbs from the BX
April 24, 2022, 09:56:02 AM
Conanthera trimaculata from BX 412 (Nov 2016). 
General Discussion / Geophytic pelargoniums
April 24, 2022, 09:48:32 AM
Pelargonium naviculifoium MST 772. Seed from the International Geraniacea Society 2019.
General Discussion / Geophytic Gesnariads
April 24, 2022, 09:39:58 AM
Sinningia piresiana 
General Discussion / Leucocoryne
April 24, 2022, 08:31:30 AM
Leucocoryne vittata blooming now
General Discussion / Eucrosia
April 24, 2022, 06:04:53 AM
Eucrosia mirabilis starting early, photo from 14 April 2022, weeks ahead of the other pots. 
General Discussion / Resnova megaphylla
April 24, 2022, 05:19:00 AM
Resnova megaphylla is beginning to emerge
Mystery Bulbs / Correcting labels
March 06, 2022, 10:24:00 AM
Since the PBS list does not work for iphones. I will try to ask my bulb id questions here

This lachenalia came from Terry Smale as Lachenalia stayneri. From Silverhill Seeds. In my experience many SH are labelled incorrectly as the seeds are field collected making positive id difficult. but Terry was respected as an expert so i expected he corrected his labels as the plants bloomed. Doe any one know what this plant is?

It had one pustulate leaf and a shortis spike