Pacific BX 71Shirley Meneice

Shirley Meneice
Thu, 19 Aug 2004 20:29:53 PDT
I would love to have some Oxalis boweii (Offering #3) and seed of 
Fritillaria biflora.
  Shirley Meneice

Dell Sherk wrote:

>Dear All,
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>world, to be shared. If you are interested in obtaining some of them, please
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>their donations.
>From Mary Sue Ittner:
>1. Ferraria crispa--Winter growing from South Africa. These are children
>from a previous BX that have never bloomed for me. These are big blooming
>sized bulbs you'd think. With another form of this species I didn't havemuch
>luck growing them in a container so the ones I have left are going in the
>ground. Tender
>2. Ferraria crispa var. norterii--This one blooms for me reliably in
>containers (bulbs are smaller in this offering) and is very pretty, not bad
>smelling. Winter growing
>3. Oxalis boweii -- This made the favorite pink category of a couple of us.
>This is a fall blooming, tall, big gorgeous plant. Plant now. Thanks to Uli
>for first sharing this beauty with me
>4. Oxalis callosa -- Another favorite of mine, ex Telos, pink with a red
>ring. Fall blooming. Plant now. Limited quantity
>5. Fritillaria biflora -- Late winter to spring growing, chocolate color,
>California native
>6. Triteleia laxa -- Why would anyone offer seeds of this you might say,
>probably the easiest California bulb to grow and widely available. Seeds
>were saved from my plants grown from North Coast population wild collected
>seed that is shorter, darker in color, and doesn't offset as much as some.
>Winter growing
>7. Veltheimia bracteata -- This is just the normal colored version. Try the
>paper towel method for germination. This one is either evergreen or has a
>short summer dormancy
>From Paul Tyerman:
>8. Moraea polystachya
>9. Zephyranthes atamasco
>10. Calydorea amabilis
>From Jay Yourch:
>    Zephyranthes sp. Labuffarosa - A vigorous, heavy blooming, large
>flowered natural hybrid rain lily from Mexico.  Foliage is broad, shiny,
>attractive and has good presence in the garden most of the year.  Extreme
>cold will burn it back and sometimes in mid-spring the foliage becomes
>sparse for no apparent reason, only to come back strong later in the spring.
>The flowers range from white to pink, with bi-color common also.  The
>flowers last 2-3 days, but do this repeatedly about 3 days after each good
>summer and early fall shower, so they make a fantastic contribution to the
>garden at that time of year.  Cold hardiness at least to Zone 7.  Does well
>in sun to part shade with moist, rich soils, mucky soils seem OK too, dry,
>poor soils to be avoided.  It is a low, neat grower that looks good at the
>front of the bed.  Very easy to grow and flower, pest resistant, and trouble
>free if provided with rich moist soil and adequate light. Would grow well in
>a container in colder climates, but probably needs some summer heat and
>humidity to perform well. This is one of those plants that make me look like
>a really talented gardener, which I freely admit I am not.
>I have 2 clones in my garden.  One is a large flowered deep pink form that I
>call 'Messenbrink's Pink' (not a real name) after the color and the nursery
>in North Carolina where I got my first bulbs.  It is a very good offsetter
>and bloomer.  The other clone is large flowered mostly white form (little
>bit of pink on the tips) selected by Plant Delights Nursery which is named
>'Big Dude'.  Its habits are otherwise the same as 'Messenbrink's Pink'.
>The plants will set seed with hand-pollination, but only seem to do this if
>more than one clone is involved, so there may be some self-incompatibility
>issues.  When I move pollen between 'Messenbrink's Pink' and 'Big Dude' and
>vice-versa I get heavy seed set on both seed parents, otherwise nothing.
>I collected seeds from both parents. I do not know that the seedlings will
>be different, but I kept them separate just in case.  I was a bit reluctant
>to let these go (I kept some for myself and pollinated them again
>yesterday), so if you receive these from the BX, succeed with growing and
>flowering them and get some really nice flower forms, I would like to hear
>about it. 
>Here are the seed offerings:
>11.  Zephyranthes sp. Labuffarosa 'Big Dude' (seed) x 'Messenbrink's Pink'
> 12.  Zephyranthes sp. Labuffarosa 'Messenbrink's Pink' (seed) x 'Big Dude'
>Thank you, Mary Sue, Paul, and Jay !!
>Best wishes,
>--Dell Sherk, Director, Pacific BX
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