Anemone x lipsiensis and other bulbs

Judy Glattstein
Thu, 24 Apr 2003 05:09:21 PDT
I was at the New York Botanical Garden yesterday, teaching the first session
of a bulb i.d. course. The weather was overcast, windy, chilly, miserable.
Even so, out we went on the grounds to look for geophytes.
A wonderful patch of Anemone x lipsiensis was in flower in the rock garden -
creamy yellow flowers nicely in proportion to the foliage. Just reinforces
my wish to get some for my own garden.

The weather has been so forward/ backwards, warm and sunny/ cool and cloudy
that flowering is disheveled. Yes, cherries are in bloom and snowing petals
on the ground. But the daffodils seem to be a few
Division I trumpets, lots labeled Division II which is long cup (many
sure looked very short to me and my students) and a bunch of
Division XI split corona (possibly my least favorite - there are a
few Division IV doubles that I find attractive, making it my runner-up
for least liked.)

Trillium luteum in good display in the native plant garden. Along with
Erythronium americanum. Here's where I go into my perpetual "I'm
glad I'm not a taxonomist" mode. There are large patches of the
usual somewhat squinny mottled foliage with an occasional flower.
Then there are large patches of large foliage with lots of large
flowers, buff/ tan reverse to the petals, yellow interior. I think that
the larger form might be E. umbillicatum - I had something similar
that I'd bought under that name from Woodlanders in Aiken, S.C.
I've tried my "admire to acquire" whiles on two rock garden curators
now, to no avail. But in trolling through my local woods I've found
something similar, that is to say it is larger, more robust, two-toned
flowers. And, having gotten permission from the property owner,
some will wend their way to BelleWood this afternoon. Anyone have
any suggestions as to why there is suddenly a more garden-worthy
form - larger, more floriferous? And is it merely a robust version
rather than a distinct species? Inquiring minds want to know. If
curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought her back.

Judy, in NJ where the sun has consented to shine today

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