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#1
Mystery Bulbs / Re: yellow flowers
July 13, 2024, 11:48:04 PM
Hello Diane,

Looks like Albuca shawii to me. Have you gently rubbed the foliage? Albuca shawii has fragrant leaves. But I have also had identical looking plants without any detectable scent from their leaves.
#2
Mystery Bulbs / Re: Mystery Irid
July 11, 2024, 04:02:01 PM
This plant simply did not cross my mind, I have it here... and maybe the seed is even from my garden as the plants sets large amounts of seed which I donated several times.
#3
Current Photographs / Re: July 2024
July 10, 2024, 07:31:55 AM
Isn't this a bit early? I have the first Amaryllis belladonna hybrid in flower. It was seed grown from a large number of seed I got from William Welsh in 2017.
#4
Mystery Bulbs / Re: Mystery Irid
July 09, 2024, 02:38:45 PM
Hello Randy,

The closest I can get with the flower is Neomarica. It is definitely not Orthosanthus and does not fit for Herbertia. How tall is the plant? What diameter is the flower? Single flower or branching inflorescences? A picture of the foliage would help.
Neomarica forms a big clump of flat, non pleated Iris like leaves, usually bright green, some have a glaucous tinge.

Hope that helps 
#5
Mystery Bulbs / Re: mystery bulb
July 01, 2024, 02:15:02 AM
Hello Laura,

Are there any summer flowering Romulea?
My first thought looking at the flower and the leaves is Zephyranthes but no idea which species.
#6
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 29, 2024, 07:54:47 AM
Hello @Wylie,
The clone of Cypella aquatilis circulating in the EU BX is a single clone. I grow it, too but with me it never sets seed. I have looked for pollen to use the microwave method but could not find any. Please have a lookout for seed forming, you may have different pollinators. Seed would be most important to maintain this beautiful plant in cultivation.
#7
Dear All,

The first box of two of the EU joint bulb oder from South Africa is in Martin's hands now and the individual packets will be posted.
The second box is still at customs, we have no influence on the timing but as the first box was cleared after some correspondence we think the second one should go through as well.
We are sorry for the delay for part of the orders.
There was and is a tremendous amount of bureaucracy and correspondence involved with these joint orders and there are some hiccups.

We keep you posted

Uli and Martin

#8
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 28, 2024, 12:43:08 AM
Quote from: Uli on June 25, 2024, 01:12:37 AMLilium Vico Gold
Raised by Sir Peter Smithers as Lilium sulphureum as one parent, this was once only available in the trade. It is very tall and needs careful staking and is best in shade in my climate. It is fragrant.
However, I sometimes wonder if I have not been sold the hybrid African Queen instead. The apricot touch makes me think this. But I am not a Lily specialist, is there someone around who would be able to tell them apart?

I have the reply to Uli's question on the Vico Lily.
My friend and Lily guru, Pontus Wallsten from Switzerland, said the
following:
"it looks like the fabulous, even rarer lilium Vico Queen"..."Vico gold is
yellow with a darker exterior"

Uli, I hope this helps.
Laura


Hello Laura,


Bingo..... that was excellent news, thank you very much for this information. It is indeed Vico Queen. I wrote my question from memory without checking the label. I did this morning and it says indeed Vico Queen. I got it many years ago from Dix Export. They have stopped to sell to individuals. It is good to have the identity of this plant confirmed by a knowledgeable person.

Thank you very much again 

Uli 
#9
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 26, 2024, 11:37:26 PM
Quote from: Rdevries on June 26, 2024, 12:04:49 PM
Quote from: Uli on June 25, 2024, 01:12:37 AMLilium Vico Gold
Raised by Sir Peter Smithers as Lilium sulphureum as one parent, this was once only available in the trade. It is very tall and needs a few careful staking and is best in shade in my climate. It is fragrant.
However, I sometimes wonder if I have not been sold the hybrid African Queen instead. The apricot touch makes me think this. But I am not a Lily specialist, is there someone around who would be able to tell them apart?

Hi Uli, i grow a few lilies but not this one. I passed your question on to a fellow lily enthusiast who grows Vico Gold and he agrees with you, too orange and likely African Queen. Plant Delights sells Vico Gold
Hello Rimmer,

Thank you very much for your reply. 
#10
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 25, 2024, 01:12:37 AM
Lilium Vico Gold 
Raised by Sir Peter Smithers as Lilium sulphureum as one parent, this was once only available in the trade. It is very tall and needs careful staking and is best in shade in my climate. It is fragrant.
However, I sometimes wonder if I have not been sold the hybrid African Queen instead. The apricot touch makes me think this. But I am not a Lily specialist, is there someone around who would be able to tell them apart?
#11
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 25, 2024, 12:57:57 AM



Hello @Robert_Parks,

Thank you for posting the pictures of flowering potatoes. What are they? Local cultivars of edible potato? Or wild species? I know that the edible potato originated in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia but I am not aware of native Californian ones. How does the whole plant look like?
I managed to acquire a species potato Solanum jamesii which looks like a white flowered mini potato plant. For safety reasons I keep it in a pot, because of bulb/tuber eating rodents and also because I know of a botanical garden where a purple flowering species has invaded the whole garden.....
#12
Hello Peter,

I cannot comment on Blue Curls.

But I have been growing Albuca fragrans for some years, originally from Silverhill seed. A beautiful tall late spring flowering plant, about 120cm tall in flower, summer dormant. Hanging yellow flowers with some green, the yellow is dominating. A good potful makes quite a show. Distinct from Albuca clanwilliamigloria which is much taller and which has much larger flowers in pure yellow.
One interesting feature in Albuca fragrans is that the tip of the inflorescence is hanging down as long as it is in bud, it later straightens up. I could never detect any fragrance whatsoever, neither during the day nor at night. Very easy from seed, flowers the second year from seed if well fed. I find that first time blooming bulbs perform best, they tend to decline after flowering, producing lots of offsets. Sets copious amounts of seed. No idea where the name fragrans comes from and no idea if my plant is correctly named.
#13
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 14, 2024, 03:30:52 PM
Sinningia speciosa Regina Serra da vista. Not a cultivar but a local form. Raised from a single leaf given to me exactly 10 years ago. Flowers every year.
#14
My recommendation is to store bulbs in substrate especially if you live in hot and dry summer climates. Big mature bulbs can be stored in paper bags for some time but small seedling bulbs may shrivel away if stored that way. I keep my seedlings in their pots and give a light watering with a fine rose every 4 weeks or so. My summers are hot and very dry. Pots are kept in shade.
#15
General Off-Topic / Re: Southern Germany flood
June 01, 2024, 11:27:03 PM
Hello Martin,

I am holding my breath for you......