Marguerite English meenglis@cts.com
Sun, 01 Jun 2003 13:57:44 PDT
Dear all,
    I have appreciated the comments on Dichelostemma so much!
    My daughter and I are collecting herbarium specimens of the current 
season of bloom for all of our natives.   We have D. capitatum all over the 
area.   We also have Calochortus splendens and concolor in widespread bloom 
all over the hills.  Calochortus albus is more rare, but we did find one 
colony of it nearby.  We have a Bloomaria ( I haven't keyed it out, but is 
probably B. crocea) all along one roadside bank.  I have pictures of all of 
these and many more non-geophytes, but am barely finding time to do my 
normal chores.
    We are out on weekly expeditions; taking zillions of pictures and 
documenting information about the taxons according to the museum 
requirements.   This is all part of what the museum is calling its 
'parabotanist program'.   We are doing the labor so these taxons will be 
represented in the museum's herbarium.  The program is planned to last for 
five years.   The lovely advantage is that the resident botanists will 
confirm the plant names, so I will know them even better in the future!
    By the way, Mary Sue.  I have tried B. Ida-Maiae, in it is wonderful in 
bloom, but I haven't seen it bloom after the first year.   I tried it in a 
pot, then in a bed.   The next attempt will be in a less watered area of 
the garden.

Marguerite - Gardening with bulbs and perennials at 3500 feet in the 
mountains of southern California.    Extreme temperatures in our 
Mediterranean climate from 0 to 110 degrees F.   Average temperatures 15 to 
90 degrees F.  A few days of snow in winter and a few days of extreme heat 
in Aug-Sept.  

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