Saffron and bulbs in an English garden

Merrill Jensen
Wed, 02 Nov 2005 08:04:44 PST
Good day Jim,

You are probably remembering M. aristata.  This has one of the most amazing
flowers that I've ever seen/grown.  Their foliage is up in the greenhouse
right now and I'm anxiously awaiting the blooms.  M. pavonia/neopavonia has
tepals that are California poppy orange with a blue to green "eye" on the
nectar guide.  A rather cool combination....  My M. polystachya are in full
bloom and have been popping off flowers for the last 10 days.  The seed that
I collected off these plants last fall have just germinated (following
Alberto's great protocols...  Thank you!)

Speaking to the dangers of Timber Press, everyone should have a copy of 'The
Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs' ($59.95) to spend their long dark winters
with.  If you weren't hooked on bulbs before, you'll become a regular bulb
junkie after looking through this one...

Merrill Jensen, Palo Alto, CA  Zone 9/10 where if finally feels like fall
(sort of... cloudy and 62 with a chance of showers.  Fall color here has
been terrible due to the extended summer temperatures...)

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Jim McKenney
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 5:48 PM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: Re: [pbs] Saffron and bulbs in an English garden

Moraea is a genus I have yet to grow. Moraea were first grown here in
eastern North America almost two hundred years ago: Thomas Jefferson
mentions them in his garden diaries. When I was a child, the Moraea with
white flowers with a peacock-blue blotch was commonly advertised in
catalogs. I remember this as Moraea pavonia, but I think the name has been
changed.  Moraea experts, which one is that, M. neopavonia? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where John and Angelo are not
the only ones enjoying a little spring.  
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