J.E. Shields
Fri, 03 Mar 2006 11:31:00 PST
In the big greenhouse, some of the clivia are starting to bloom.  These are 
mainly plants received from California in the past few months.

In the smaller greenhouses, the Cyclamen are suffering from the 
occasionally sunny days we have had.  Only a single pot, of Cyclamen 
repandum vivendum has a lone flower.  A couple pots of Cyrtanthus maakenii 
cooperi are showing yellow flower buds.

A couple of Scadoxus puniceus are blooming, later than usual.  Lapierousia 
pyramidalis, an odd looking little thing, is in bloom.  Ipheon 'Foyle Mill' 
and 'Rolf Fiedler' are in bloom.  Lachenalia carnosa and Lachenalia 
latifolia are flowering, while most of other Lachenalia are past.  Moraea 
villosa is almost finished, but managed one last bloom today.  Herperantha 
cuculata is done, and I never did see an open flower on it, just the white 
buds with the broad bronze mid-bands on the outside of the 
segments.  Hesperantha bachmannii is full of pure white blooms.  An oddity, 
Ornithogalum apertum, is in flower:  Its ca. 6-inch tall scapes have 
typical Ornithogalum flowers, yellow with a broad green mid-band on each 
segment; and the grey-green leaves are spirals.  These bulbs are starting 
to multiply finally too.

Finally, a couple pots of Ferraria crispa yellow form, grown from seed, are 
showing flower buds for the very first time.  My pot of regular F. crispa 
may have been neglected a bit too much.  They are not showing any signs of 

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules' is also in flower.  This one is not yet 
of herculean proportions, being only in a 2-gallon pot.  My other Z. 
aethipoica plants seem to flower only in early summer.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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