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Started by MarcR, April 21, 2022, 11:48:50 PM

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MarcR

I am in the mid Willamate Valley, about 8 miles SSW of Dallas.  about midway between Dallas and Monmouth.  My soil is sandy loam with a lot of gravel and humus.

My featured family is Iridaceae. I grow all the North American genra except Nemastyllis and Mastigostyllis.
I grow all the South African genera except: Duthiastrum, Geosiris, Klattia, and Witsenia {which I very much want to obtain}.
Of the South American genera, I grow: Calydorea, Cipura, Cypella, Ennealophus, Gelesine, Herbertia, Libertia, Kelissa, Neomarica, Olsynium, Phallocallis, Rigidella, Sisyrinchium, Tigridia, and Trimezia.
Of the Tasmanian genra I grow both Diplarrenas, Libertia, Isophysis, Orthosanthos , and Patersonia.

Other families strongly represented are Liliaceae, Amarylidaceae, Asparagaceae, Araceae, Ranunculaceae, Fumariaceae, and Hyacinthaceae.

The following [mostly] non-geophyte families are also strongly represented:

Campanulaceae Ericaceae, Theaceae, Malvaceae, Scrophulariaceae [including Plantaginaceae  movements] Primulaceae, and Violaceae.

There is also an eclectic mix from many other families.

I am a retired teacher.


Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Martin Bohnet

Hmm - your wonderful list of irids has watered my mouth - and painfully reminded me how difficult international seed exchange is these days.
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)

MarcR

Martin,

Our government tries to be as non-interfering as possible with respect to home gardening; and only regulates what it perceives to be a real agricultural  threat, or a drug enforcement issue.

A few inspection stations go overboard with their perceptions of threats; but a gardener can choose which inspection station he [or she] wants to use.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Dennis Kramb

Oh my goodness, that list of irids is absolute music to my ears!!!  I only grow about half of those, though.  You need to try Alophia if you can get your hands on it.  A. drummondii and A. veracruzana are two of my favorites.

MarcR

Dennis,
I have been trying for 3 years to acquire them. Almost Eden  supposedly sells  A. drummondii; but seems to be perpetually out of stock.  If you would be kind enough to sell me some seed, I will be very grateful.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Martin Bohnet

I've always wondered why they are so rare in trade - Inaturalist lists them as quite common (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/158212-Alophia-drummondii), and they are no doubt quite beautiful. Of course, getting them to Europe may be even more difficult.
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)

MarcR

Martin,

If or when I obtain seed, I will be delighted to share some.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Dennis Kramb

I haven't grown those two Alophia in about 10 years, so I have nothing to share.  Mine came from the SIGNA seed exchange, but they're not available every year.  Brazil Plants currently offers seeds of Gelasine coerulea which was once classified as Alophia sellowiana.  Pine Ridge Gardens offers potted plants of Alophia drummondii but they do not ship to Alaska, Arizona, California & Hawaii.  I've bought from all of these sources several times each in the past and was always thoroughly pleased with them.

MarcR

Thank You, Dennis
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Robert_Parks

Quote from: Dennis Kramb on June 03, 2022, 05:30:10 AMI haven't grown those two Alophia in about 10 years, so I have nothing to share.  Mine came from the SIGNA seed exchange, but they're not available every year.  Brazil Plants currently offers seeds of Gelasine coerulea which was once classified as Alophia sellowiana.  Pine Ridge Gardens offers potted plants of Alophia drummondii but they do not ship to Alaska, Arizona, California & Hawaii.  I've bought from all of these sources several times each in the past and was always thoroughly pleased with them.
Gelasine coerulea is available from Annies Annuals in California. So very pretty and ethereal.

MarcR

Thank You, Robert.

I have about 30 Gelasine coerulea plants grown from seed from multiple sources.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Dennis Kramb

Did you have any luck with Pine Ridge Gardens?  I chased up my old contacts for Alophias from a decade ago but they no longer grow them anymore.

MarcR

They no longer do Mail order; but the owner has offered to sell me some seeds when they ripen.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F  -9.4C.  Rainfall 50"+  but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight.  soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus.  Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix.

Martin Bohnet

Quick sidenote: Congrats on being the first "Member" by postcount ( one is sorted in as "Newbie" for the first 49 posts) - so that's why you now have two yellow squares below your name.
Martin (pronouns: he/his/him)