Favorite Red Flowered Bulbs--TOW

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 13 Jun 2004 10:29:34 PDT
Dear All,

The topic of the week for our PBS list is favorite red flowered bulbs. This 
discussion is in addition to anything else people would like to talk about. 
Please tell us about your favorite five red flowered bulbs you grow. Be 
sure to list where you live in your message or your signature so people 
will know where these plants are successful. I hope we have a lot of people 
taking time from their gardens to give us their choices even if they only 
have time to list the names of the plants. It's o.k. if someone else 
mentions it. We'll just know that it is loved by more than one person in 
more than one place.

Once again we may find that there is overlap between orange-red and red and 
red and red with pink tones. Sometimes the digital camera picks up tints 
that I don't see when I look at the plant and I'm never sure whether that 
has to do with the camera or the way pigments get translated to the human 
eye. For our discussion we won't quibble. If your favorite seems red to you 
it's fine to discuss it. As usual when I first thought of this I wondered 
if I could think of five and then of course found it hard to limit it to five.

So here goes, but not in any order of preference since at the moment any of 
these bloom I love them.

1. I guess this is a way to get an extra one, but I'd find it hard to 
choose between Romulea sabulosa and Romulea monadelpha which are two of my 
favorite plants. These red beauties from South Africa usually are in bloom 
about a week apart and so sometimes bloom at the same time. The most 
glorious all time image in my memory bank of mass displays of bulbs in the 
wild was Romulea sabulosa in Nieuwoudtville. Pictures are on the wiki.

2. Lilium maritimum -- I have a special fondness for this plant which grows 
where I live and is rare. We monitor it in our local destinations every 
year. This was not a good year for it since it has been dryer than usual 
and in our favorite wild population the deer got them all this year, but 
we've had good blooms in some of the spots it is planted in my garden.

3. Tulipa linifoia -- There are a lot of nice red tulips, but this one 
which I grow in a pot is not only charming, but dependable and brings me 
great pleasure every year.

4. Dichelostemma ida-maia -- Another California native, this one, known as 
firecracker flower, is quite striking and looks so different from all the 
other Dichelostemmas. I have it planted in containers and in the ground and 
this year with drier warmer temperatures when I returned from my trip I had 
blooms in 4 or 5 places in my garden.

5. My last choice was a tie between two South African irids, Geissorhiza 
inflexa, and Babiana villosa. Both of these species have flowers in other 
colors than red, but it is the red ones I am nominating. Babiana villosa 
has a long period of bloom. Where I have it planted in my garden it is not 
becoming overbearing, but is making a nice statement every year (unlike 
some of my other Babianas which increase rapidly or sulk.) Geissorhiza 
inflexa I am not having quite the success with that I would like. But when 
it blooms, it really dazzles.

Pictures of all of these are on the wiki pages for those genera.

Mary Sue

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

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