May 2022

Started by KenP, May 06, 2022, 08:12:38 AM

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Steve Willson

Iris setosa flowering for me in coastal western Washington.  Seeds were planted in the Fall of 2018 and this is the first time they have flowered for me from this sowing.  Overall they were pretty straightforward to raise from seed.

Martin Bohnet

Iris in a heatwave equals short fun, they burn away like nothing, no matter if Iris fulva
, Iris x hollandica or that lemon-colored "barbata elatior" i grew from a dark yellow seed parent.

Speaking about fast burners: put Kniphofia northiae
Height: 120-170 cm (3.9-5.6 ft)
Flower Colors: orange, yellow
Flower Season: early summer to mid summer
Life form:  rhizome
on that list.

And one more thing: I start to understand why people call Camassias weedy - but in the lawn that's a great plus ;-)
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


The summer-dry raised bed in the bulb house, May 21 2022. The tall blue plant is Triteleia laxa 'Mariposa Giant' and the clumps of pale blue to white flowers are Leucocoryne coquimbensis and L. odorata.

Martin Bohnet

Quote from: janemcgary on May 16, 2022, 06:08:01 PMDavid Pilling's photo of a hybrid Paeonia shows a remarkably good form. I assume it's a cross between P. delavayi and P. lutea. I've grown and seen a number of these hybrids, but never one with such striking color zones.
Jane, I think lutea has been sunk into delavayi, not even with Subspecies state, so there are no hybrids of these forms. While I adore the flowers, the overall performance of the species suffers from holding the flowers below the leaves of a rather low shrub. I'm still fighting to keep it in form, as it pushes up runners all around.

Meanwhile another Roscoea started to flower, with uncertain designation - bought as R. tibetica f. atropurpurea, I've found similar pictures titled R scillifolia f. atropurpurea. it's a very slender plant, flowers are less than half the size of that cautleyoides and are almost black.

Next one is Arisaema consanguineum
, as donated in EX04, potbound version, the ones in open ground are just breaking through.

Allium siculum
seems to seed around a bit. not mad at that, like the way the spent flowers are raising up. That tiny blue allium is another lost label case. Allium obliquum
Height: 60-100 cm (2-3.3 ft)
Flower Colors: yellow
Flower Season: late spring to early summer
is a beautiful companion to European Gladiolus - at least I like lime and pink together.

My poor Merwilla plumbea
is still waiting for their offspring to mature - so it's another year alone ( Greetings to Johnny Logan at this one). Also alone again:Cypripedium 'Ulla Silkens'
Height: 45-60 cm (1.5-2 ft)
Flower Colors: white, pink
Flower Season: early summer
. There WAS a second bud, but the slugs were faster.

Last but not least: Weldenia candida
now finally has two shoots, I might try to separate them next winter...
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)

David Pilling

Showing what good value Roscoea is. I got a few seeds from a seed ex, and despite years of neglect they keep coming back. Photos taken today.

Martin Bohnet

Oh, just wait and see until my bigger clumps flower - the ones planted out just broke the surface... ;)
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)


Couple of Ledebourias.

Ledebouria ovalifolia
Ledebouria 'Huntsdrift'
Arnold T.
North East USA