Lauw de Jager dejager@bulbargence.com
Tue, 27 May 2003 09:39:03 PDT
Dear All,
 This t o w  coincides exactly xith the height of the flowering here.
D congestum and Ida Maia are  relatively easy to grow and do best  under
35% shade netting.  D volubilis has been coming back for several years.
They are grown  in wire baskets and  tends to escape to great depth
(20-30cm 8-12") where they will survive for years. It is always
startling to see the flowering stem creep up to 2-2,5m (7ft) and I 
always under estimate the height of its support.
I agree  with Mary Sue that D multiflorus is to be highly recommended
because of its larger flattish umbel and long flowering period.
Kind regards   Lauw

Mary Sue Ittner a *crit : 
> I have seen D. volubile in the wild, but not yet have gotten it to bloom. I
> started some from seed in the fall of 1999 and would have expected it to
> bloom by now. Maybe next year. Jane says it is found in seeps so maybe I
> just need to plant it out in a low part of my garden since I certainly get
> the rain where I live. It hasn't been nearly as vigorous as the others for
> me. Besides D. ida-maia which is so striking, I think D. multiflorum is my
> favorite. It is a really handsome plant and a good cut flower. Years ago I
> planted D. congestum in a part of my garden where I had a patch of clay. I
> just wanted to see if something that was normally found in clay would like
> growing in clay. It bloomed the first year just fine, but the second year
> the deer found it and it was slow dwindle from there and I haven't seen any
> lately. I have enough offsets now to make some new trials in other parts of
> my garden that are decomposed sandstone.
Lauw de Jager 
BULB'ARGENCE, 30300 Fourques, France
Site: http://www.bulbargence.com/

Région:  Provence/Camargue, Climat zone: 9a Mediterranean, dr y
July-August, peak rainfall in autumn, minimum temps -3-7°C (28-21F)
Reference vegetation: Arbutus unedo, Olea europeaea,

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