Triteleia--PBS TOW

Jane McGary
Sat, 11 Jan 2003 22:22:30 PST
Today I received a mass-market bulb catalog - Van Bourgondien -- the kind that you open mostly to marvel at the sucker bait (one Meconopsis betonicifolia in a 2.5-inch pot, only $14.95) and the wonderful colors created by artists with a heavy hand in the PhotoShop.

In addition to offering a color assortment of "Brodiaeas" (probably mostly or all Triteleias) they have a DOUBLE Triteleia laxa cultivar. I think I'll order some just to see what it's like. I'm not a snob about double flowers, and I quite enjoy my double Camassia.

The only bulbs braving the weather at present are Galanthus 'Atkinsii' and Crocus laevigatus -- the latter is proving better outdoors than I had expected. Lots of interest in the bulb frame, however, with Androcymbium europeaum, which I had never seen before, and something received as "Crocus aureus", from wild-collected seed obtained through Andrew Osyany's Karmic Exotix list a few years ago. "C. aureus" reminds me of C. chrysanthus 'Prespa Gold' -- it is quite unmarked and very bright golden yellow. However, Brian Mathew gives that as a synonym of C. gargaricus and C. flavus. I'll have to dissect it and figure out what the Czech collectors were applying the name to.

Jane McGary NW Oregon

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