glad germination

Jim McKenney
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:40:12 PDT
Great post, Debbie: I hope we hear more from you in the future. 

While we on the East Coast can look to California and the Pacific Northwest
for inspiration, we have to look closer to home for down-to-earth advice.
Texas might be half way across the continent, but we get (eventually) your
weather. The climate and weather down there in Houston and the conditions
here in Maryland have a lot in common. The pattern is basically the same,
although our winters are longer and colder and your summers are longer and

And I can definitely relate to the living death plants undergo during that
period when daytime temperatures are high and nights don't cool off much.
It's an extra season we share, something no one who has not lived through it
can imagine. 

When I was in the Army forty years ago I was stationed in central Texas
(nowhere near Houston) for a full year. I remember it as one of the most
beautiful places I've ever seen. The late winter-early spring wildflowers
were wonderful. 

Several times I got to see summer rains bring up overnight fields of rain
lilies: amazing!

I wonder how many of us are toying with these south African irids: there's a
goldmine of things to work with there. 

Some Freesia, Babiana, Sparaxis and Watsonia seem to thrive in my cold
frame. Little Freesia viridis - almost a glad - is loaded with buds now and
should bloom any day. These give me great hope that one day I'll be telling
everyone about my glads, too. 

Do you grow any of the neotropical tigridioid irids? Or for that matter, the
native Texan ones? My cold frame is home to one each of Gelasine and
Calydorea and others.

Cool plants, all of them.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where Magnolia stellata is in profuse, potently fragrant bloom.
My Virtual Maryland Garden
Webmaster Potomac Valley Chapter, NARGS 
Editor PVC Bulletin 
Webmaster Potomac Lily Society

More information about the pbs mailing list