Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:42:18 PST
Hi Rob,

Thanks for adding those images as we didn't have any pictures on the 
Bomarea page. I had been meaning to add a picture Bob took at Harry Hay's 
garden in the UK of Bomarea salsilla in May 2004, but just hadn't found 
time. So I have now added it and a picture of the storage organ of this 
plant. I had mine from the same BX try to bloom last year, but it wasn't 
very spectacular and I didn't get a picture. I am hoping it will be bigger 
and better this year. It still is dormant however. I bought one from Telos 
originally and put it in the ground. It comes up, but has not thrived. The 
ones I grew from seed which I kept in a container and moved to the 
greenhouse are doing much better. It may be what Alberto is talking about. 
I need to provide more warmth for these South American plants in summer 
than I can outside, or maybe it is from a part of Chile that isn't very wet 
and my wet winters are not appreciated. I didn't think Tasmania got very 
hot in summer. What are your day time temperatures in summer? This may be 
one of those situations where it might grow better in the ground, but only 
if that environment is to its liking. In a container I can shelter it from 
the worst of our winter wet and put it some place where it will be a little 
warmer in summer.

I also added a picture of a Bomarea species I saw at a neighbor's garden 
(growing in a container with a tag from UC, but no species name) last May. 
It's very attractive. Can anyone identify the species?…

Mary Sue

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

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