Pink muscari

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 11:20:38 PST
This spring when in Turkey driving back to Istanbul and the airport the motorway was ,mile after mils lined on both sides with muscari by the billions.We had a quick look through them and great was our joy when whites,palest icey blues,grey blues,and many shades of pink were found.No sulphur yellows nor pinkish reds were found but who knows what would have been found if we were not raceing back for a plane?I grow many selections of Hyacinthoides non-scripta found over many years of gleaning the local woods here in Normandy.I have bracteate forms only in blue as yet but have many bicolors,reverse bicolors,striped ,spotted,pink,amethyst smokey lilac and a few different pink forms.My greatest treasures are a semi double blue and the soft primrose yellow forms that turn up amongst the whites if you look hard enough.And of course then there are all the different shades of blue in various degrees of intensity and somme that flower a good month before the others,they never flower at the same time these cultivars which is a joy too.
Oh yes ,gul is turkish for rose by the way.This is a turkish plant.

> Message du 12/11/07 19:57
> De : "aaron floden" 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
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> Objet : Re: [pbs] Time travel and ancient plants-Pink muscari
> Hello, 
> The pink Muscari exist again. The Archibalds offer
> seed from a collection of M.armenaicum that is pink,
> dubbed "Gul." Pink in Turkish? The one seed that
> germinated has bloomed for two years now and
> multiplied like armenaicum should, but not like the
> typical purple forms. The pink is really outstanding
> even though the flowers start white. Ruksans writes of
> at least one other one that he grows. 
> I agree its sad to know that so many are lost
> forever. Just think how many never get noticed by
> those who have no desire to really look at things. 
> Aaron Floden
> Knoxville, TN
> --- Mark BROWN wrote:
> > How I wish time travel was really available! Imagine
> > going back to see Bowles garden in the heyday of
> > snowdrops in the early years of the twentieth
> > century or earlier still,and visiting James Allen or
> > even Ewebank and his fabulous collection of
> > fascinating seedlings some of which are still
> > questionably grown.Imagine all thoses wonderful lost
> > plants being available again through twin scaling
> > and other modern methods.They had pink snowdrops
> > then!And just a mention of the plants grown even
> > earlier Red and pink muscari of the baroque
> > gardens,all those wondeful narcissi,the double
> > cyclamineus ,;pink convallaria.The mind
> > boggles!
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