Calochortus pictures on the wiki

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 22 Jul 2003 07:20:29 PDT
Dear All,

In the fall of 2000 Diana Chapman included a mystery bulb of Calochortus 
weedii var. weedii in my order (I spent hours looking at the catalog 
looking for the typo. so I could get the free bulb). It is a southern 
California species that comes from Riverside and San Diego counties which 
are much much drier than where I live. This bulb didn't bloom in 2001 or 
2002, but didn't rot either. Last year I didn't get around to repotting it 
and this year it came up and never looked like it was going to do much, but 
stayed green and last week I noticed it was actually going to bloom. I've 
had Calochortus abort so I tried not to get too excited. I grow it in my 
area that I shelter somewhat from the rain (covered but open so the wind 
does blow the rain in) and it has been the only thing left there that is 
not dormant so every now and then I'd give it a drink. Today it opened. 
Although there can be six flowers (and Will Ashburner reported 10 one time 
long ago on the IBS forum causing some amazement), this one only had one 
flower. So I suspect it won't be in bloom long. It is very beautiful 
however and my husband has managed some amazing pictures of it. Thank you 
Diana. Bulbs of North America says this one is difficult and short-lived in 
cultivation. So fingers are crossed that this is not just a one year event. 
The ones I have grown from seed from my friend Bob Werra I have had very 
little success with after the initial germination which has been good. But 
now I am determined to try harder. He says he starts his inside under 
lights and doesn't move them outside until April. I started my Calochortus 
seed this year in late February and didn't lose as many as I have when I 
have started them in the fall.

As long as I was putting those pictures on the Wiki I got around to adding 
the pictures of Calochortus argillosus which Bob photographed earlier when 
it was blooming in June and hadn't found time to add. It is a very pretty 
one and one of the species which multiplies by bulblets. See them both on 
the Calochortus wiki page.…

And I finally got around to adding another Moraea picture. This one bloomed 
in late May. It is one of the ones formerly known as Gynandriris and this 
one is a Mediterranean one that my friend Jana shared with me that she got 
from Fausto, Moraea sisyrinchium. Another one I grow (from seed) blooms 
much earlier in the year. Jana's note said it was from Marettimino (?) 
Island. Could that be spelled right? In John Bryan's Bulbs he says this 
species is not very showy and grown mostly for botanical interest, but I 
thought it quite handsome each day a new flower opened. And the other one I 
grow can be nice too depending on the weather when it is in bloom. If we 
are having a dry period with sunshine it is much happier than if it is 
blooming when it rains every day. So this later blooming one may turn out 
to work out much better for me. Since these flowers open later in the day, 
if it is cold and wet I miss them.…

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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