Welcome new members; What's blooming

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Sun, 18 Aug 2002 13:42:20 PDT
Welcome, Bill Dijk and Gerrit Oskam!

I had the pleasure of meeting Bill face to face at the Bulb Symposium in 
Los Angeles in April.  Maybe the next time I'm in the Netherlands, I can 
look up Gerrit.

Hot and humid here, with just enough bits of rain to tantalize us.  The 
Lycoris are blooming, at least in the beds that have been watered this 
summer; and Hymenocallis caroliniana is starting to bloom in the beds.  The 
H. caroliniana that are in pots bloomed a couple weeks ago.  I have already 
harvested the first seeds, from selfing a plant of H. caroliniana collected 
by the Shaw Arboretum in Stoddard county, Missouri.  Others are just 
blooming.  Last year's flowers are shown at URL = 

Also in pots, Scadoxus multiflorus katherinae are blooming nicely.  One 
bloomed some time ago, while the Japanese Beetles were still abundant, and 
the blasted bugs ruined the inflorescence.  Crinum moorei are blooming in 
their 5-gallon containers.  A rebloom scape or two are showing on Crinum 
bulbispermum raised from seeds sent out by John Marks (Louisiana) in June, 
1999.  Since these first bloomed a year ago, they went from seed to flower 
in 2 years.  They are putting up their third scapes of the summer.

Bloom is pretty thin at best this time of year here.  The drought 
conditions have made it even thinner.  I always look forward to next season!

Best wishes to all,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA                   Tel. +1-317-896-3925

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