What's Blooming Now--TOW

Christine Council scamp@earthlink.net
Fri, 30 Apr 2004 18:59:26 PDT
As you know I am new to the group also, I was a subscriber but fell in love
with Oxalis and became a member. I wish you well; I understand illness
because of my own personal problems. Plants and dirt help me to relax and
tune out discomfort. Wishing you
a complete recovery and blessings.

> [Original Message]
> From: Paul Tyerman <ptyerman@ozemail.com.au>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 4/30/2004 8:36:26 AM
> Subject: Re: [pbs] What's Blooming Now--TOW
> Howdy All,
> I'm not very active on the list now-a-days due to continuing ill health
> I thought I'd chime in with a "What's Blooming Now" report for here in
> Canberra, Australia.  We're still suffering badly from drought with around
> 2 months since we had any registerable rain (we had 8mm on the 6th of
> March).  Normally our autumn rains would start in late March or early
> but there has been a complete failure of them this year which is
> devastating given how bad our water situation is after the last few years
> of lower rainfall.  If we don't get rain soon then we're going to be in
> serious trouble next summer, so here's hoping for some decent rain soon!!
> On to what is blooming now .....
> The first of the Galanthus are flowering now which is wonderful.  G.
> peshmenii has been out for a couple of weeks and G. reginae-olgae has
> started this week as well.  Numerous Crocus species are in flower already
> such as goulimyi, hardiaticus, speciosus 'Oxonian', longiflorus,
> laevigatus, nudiflorus, erotinus ssp salzmanii and pulchellus (which is a
> full 2 months later than normal this year).  Also flowering now is Crocus
> sativus (the saffron crocus) which is wonderful as it has skipped the last
> year or two.  Quite a few flowers this year in both pots and the ground
> which is lovely to see as the bright saffron threads stand out so well.
> There are also a few otehr autumn and early winter crocus starting to
> emerge but not close to flowering as yet.
> The nerines have all been putting on a good display this year.  The
> N. bowdenii is starting to open a few early flowers right now (which N.
> bowdenii 'Manina Forest Form' has already been open for a fortnight and is
> 113cm tall which is pretty amazing) and N. filifolia is in full bloom.
> Various hybrid nerines are in flower or bud now but there are a few that
> don't appear to be going to flower this year which is a shame.  N.
> is just about to open its first flowers (second year of flowering for me
> from seed I purchased from Rachel at Silverhill a few years ago) and is a
> delightfully delicate nerine that I just adore!! <grin>  N. flexuosa
> is sending up buds and will put on its usual display shortly.
> The last of the dahlias are still in flower (pretty badly hit by the heat
> and dry, even with regular watering it just isn't the same) and the tree
> dahlias (imperialis, excelsa and cultivars) are just about to open just in
> time to be destroyed by the first frosts which are due any time now.  Last
> year our first frosts delayed until June so you just never know what will
> happen this year.  If current trends continue though I'd expect our first
> frost within the next week to 10 days or so.
> Various Cyclamens are in flower or bud.  Late C. hederifolium are still
> blooming as well as some persicums, plus there are buds on some of the
> coums, purpurascens and the odd flower still holding on on intaminatum. 
> many other cyclamens are shooting as well though, so I figure there's buds
> down amongst the leaves on a lot of them as well (mirabile, parvifolium,
> cyprium, libanoticum and cilicicum to name a few.  The leaves on most of
> these are worth it even when not in flower, so this time of year is a joy
> both from seeing things shooting and knowing they'll flower soon and
> the assorted wonderful leaves on so many of the cyclamen.
> There's still a few of the species geraniums in flower which add a bit of
> colour, plus a number of different salvias, annual morning glory, Dicentra
> macrocarpum (still holding on with a few flowers now having been in flower
> since around November).  Clematis cirrhosa varieties such as 'Lansdown
> Jem', 'Freckles', 'Wisley Cream' and 'Balearicum' are all in flower to
> varying amounts and a few very late flowers are still around on some of
> jackmanii hybrids as well (they've flowered at odd times all summer long
> due to our strange weather).  
> Hypoxis stellata is just opening its first few buds (VERY late this year)
> and Polyxena longituba is putting on the best display it has ever done
> (Mary Sue I think I can finally understand why you actually like it.....
> has never flowered like this for me before with virtually a solid mass of
> flowers just above ground level with leaves poking through.  Very pretty I
> have to say for the first time ever about this species and I definitely
> have to re-evaluate my thoughts on it.  I figured you'd be happy to hear
> this <grin>).  Haemanthus albiflos is flowering now and I am carefully
> applying pollen I saved from my H. coccineus when they were in flower a
> month or so ago (harvesting seed of them at the moment) and I am hoping to
> successfully manage to get seeds and end up with varying shades of pink
> hybrid offspring (one can but hope!!?).  Massonia depressa is starting to
> think about budding at the moment so it shouldn't be too long now.
> Trillium noses are sitting at ground level, awaiting the correct time to
> come into growth.  They may only still be there at ground level but
> a nice reminder of the fact that they're there.  Hellebores are just
> starting to send up their first buds on some of the earlier plants, but
> they're all a way off flowering yet.  I'm sure there are numerous things
> I've forgotten but it gives you all a pretty good idea of what is in
> for me here at the moment down in this part of the Southern Hemisphere in
> late autumn.  It has been great to hear what everyone else around the list
> has flowering in their various parts of the world.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> mailto:ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
> Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about
> anything else that doesn't move!!!!!
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