Scilla peruviana, Narcissus tazetta 'Ziva'

Jim McKenney
Sat, 01 Mar 2008 10:07:33 PST
Last year when we discussed Scilla (Oncostema) peruviana, so many people in
zone 7-ish localities reported success that I decided to try this species
again. In years past it always froze during the winter. Not trusting our
climate, I planted a bulb into the ground of the protected cold frame. 
This plant is now pushing up fat cones of buds.

I've mentioned the Narcissus tazetta cultivar 'Ziva' in my posts or byline
several times. I didn't expect it to get much notice from this group, but
it's worth mentioning again. It's been in bloom in the protected cold frame
since at least the second week of  February. The flowers last and last. This
is a huge contrast to daffodils which bloom in the garden later in the year:
if the weather is warm during daffodil time, you can almost watch the bloom
go off the petals during the first morning they are fully open. But these
'Ziva' in the cold frame seem fresh as newly open flowers after being open
for weeks.  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Fritillaria raddeana
has joined F. stenanthera in bloom. 
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