Paul Tyerman ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
Sat, 26 Apr 2003 17:25:54 PDT
>	I love Mary Sue's images too but you should be aware that many Homeria's
>are not allowed into this country now as they are declared weeds in
>Australia, the only ones allowed in at present are H. miniata, H. flaccida
>and H. ochroleuca.

Bummer!  I wonder how THEY (AQIS) handle the name changes that happen.....
it must get difficult for them when they have certain Moraeas that can now
no longer come in (i.e the Homerias), whereas the majority are still OK as
far as I know?

>	This also unfortunately also applies to some babiana's including the
>wonderful B.ringens, thank you Sheila for the seed from earlier days,I watch
>over my little ones like a mother hen. The banned list just keeps getting

That is SUCH a shame.  I have seed from Silverhill that is still doing
well.  Incidentally, those of you who have not had germination... make sure
you give it a few years.  I had germination of a few the first year, and
definitely more the second year.... than last seaon there were even more,
so it means that some of them take 2 years after sowing at least to
germinate.  I thought it was worth mentioning.  Those I got from Sheila at
the same time as Lyn have had some germination but not a heap of it.  One
came up last season, another has germinated just recently, and the other 2
seeds are looking just fine (I happened to have checked them the night
before last as I was thinking of repotting them).  Maybe that info can be
useful to someone who has wanted to give up on them due to not
germinating.... they may be still in there waiting for whatever condition
they have decided they need before that particular seed germinates <grin>.

Thanks for the quarantine info Lyn.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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