Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Wed, 11 Apr 2007 12:19:59 PDT
About two weeks ago, while driving through the neighborhood, I noticed a
garden where Ipheion uniflorum had naturalized into broad masses. There were
probably over a thousand plants in bloom. I drove by again during the recent
cold snap and didn't see flower color - I assumed that the display was over
for the year. Today I passed by again and the display is even better than
before. I've been watching this particular planting for many years - the
display gets better yearly. 

No one has had much to say about this plant for awhile. If nothing else, it
certainly seems to be one of those plants which give you your money's worth!

The much larger cultivar 'Alberto Castillo' has been blooming in a cold
frame here since late January. I'm looking forward to the time when my stock
bulks up to the point where I'll feel safe turning some loose in the garden.
This is a very handsome plant. I checked the wiki, and noticed that John
Lonsdale's photo suggests that he grows it outside near a wall. Will it
survive in the open, unprotected garden in zone 6? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 where the early rising lilies
and peonies don't seem to have been hurt by recent overnight freezes. 

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