mystery Fritillaria + flowering in Canberra

Paul Tyerman
Fri, 25 Feb 2005 18:44:20 PST
>Thanks, Paul. If that frit reappears this year (it's not up yet) I'll try
>to do that. When the picture was first posted to the Mystery Page, Jane
>McGary responded with some hints with respect to its identity (likely a
>form of F. graeca or F. crassifolia) and some advice about what to look for
>inside the flower to distinguish the two.


Yeah, unfortunately they so often look the same on the outside but the 
inside can give the key to what they are (or as I have found a couple of 
times the fact that they aren't "pure").  It can be difficult to photograph 
due to light and dark, but well worth doing it if you're trying to ID.

   Thanks again for your input; what's summer like in Canberra? We're under
>snow again.  : (

Summer here in Canberra this year I personally think hasn't been as hot as 
the last few years.  Normally in February we end up having a couple of 
weeks solid of 35'C + but this year we've had a lot of high 20s and low 
30s.  I don't think I'm imagining that this isn't as bad as usual..... I 
really don't think we've had much in the way of long spells of high heat 
which we usually get.  Maybe another of the Canberra readers can confirm 
this?  Definitely no snow though! LOL  I hear on the news that the UK has 
had a major set of snowstorms as well and are snowed under heavily in some 

Here, summer is at it's peak (despite not as much of the extreme heat as 
usual) and the Cyclamen hederifolium are all coming into bloom throughout 
the garden.  Colchicums are just starting up at hte moment as well with 
about 5 different varieties currently in bloom.  I got to repotting them 
all this week because the first flowers appeared so I know that a lot of 
them are in bud below ground at the moment so there should be a nice 
display.  Rhodophiala bifida, Nerine species and Amaryllis belladonnas are 
currently in bloom or bud as well, plus a few of the Habranthus and a 
couple of Crinums.  Dahlias and Cannas are at their peak at the moment and 
various non-bulbous things throughout the garden.  Not a flood of colour at 
this time of year but some quite nice bits and pieces if you look closely 
around the place.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Trilliums, Cyclamen, 
Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just 
about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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