Crinums blooming oddly

James Waddick
Mon, 04 Aug 2003 06:10:16 PDT
Dear all;
	Hardy Crinums have become a special addition to the garden 
This year has been exceptional and odd.
	Both my oldest x powelli and alba have bloomed like crazy 
this year and continue to put up scape after scape. Dozens and 
dozens, but the flowers seem  smaller and less open than usual. This 
may be a result of an odd season with rain very early and now severe 
	C. bulbispermum bloomed heavily too, but have not put up 
later scapes as I recall them doing in wetter years.
	'Catherine' - my all time favorite  put up a bounty of 
stalks, but they all fell over just prior to bloom, twisted and 
flopped - not pretty. Another drought result?
	Now 'Cecil Houdyshel' (another xpowelli cross) is blooming 
better than ever -more stalks, longer bloom, bigger flowers etc.
	'Ellen Bousanquet' has yet to pop up a single scape not most 
other named cvs.
	I don't see a pattern here, except to chalk it up to the 
extremes of rain/drought.
	I know we need some rain - serious E. Coast rain -  but the 
Crinums do continue to put on a show by sheer numbers of flowers.

		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
E-fax  419-781-8594

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