Ornithogalum dubium et al.

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Wed, 04 Jun 2008 11:10:11 PDT
Some plants of Ornithogalum dubium which were planted in pots last fall and
wintered in a cold frame are finally coming into bloom. They sure took long
enough; but wow, what a color that is. 

Miscellaneous western North American bulbs are blooming or coming into bloom
(Brodiaea, Dichelostemma, Triteleia, Calochortus), the first of the lilies
began last week and now even the earliest of the Asiatic hybrids has
started. Cardiocrinum cathayanum is blooming in a friend’s garden; my C.
cordatum will not be in bloom for about another month. 

Notholirion thomsonianum is now dormant for the summer. It's in its third
season here but has never bloomed. I feed it gently, but it seems to make no
difference: suggestions, anyone? 

Much of the early blooming bulb collection is now under cover and slowly
drying out: we’re getting drenched almost every other day now. It’s a real
pleasure to tip out the pots and find fat and sassy bulbs, isn’t it? 

The garden is now full of the big ornamental onions. I measured one Allium
schubertii and the inflorescence is 23 inches in diameter!

Also blooming is the allium look-alike Scadoxus multiflorus. I've decided to
give this plant an award for having an excellent work to reward ratio: I do
very little to keep it going from year to year but it never disappoints. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where the first water lily buds are up. 
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