Bagging the big five; was RE: Gladiolus tristis

Lee Poulsen
Thu, 21 May 2009 15:01:54 PDT
I like Rogan's Big Five (including Jim's addition). (9 years ago on my 
only trip to South Africa, we spent 4 days in Kruger National Park, and 
managed to see all the Big 5 animals. What a fantastic country you have.)

And just like him, after years and many many attempts at trying, not 
only did I managed to get 2 or 3 seedlings that have actually continued 
growing all season, but one of them surprised me by opening a bunch of 
the small blue flowers for me a week ago! It was great.

Now those other four (Tecophilaea, Worsleya, Lapageria, and Paramongaia) 
simply have to be seen in person, whether you grow and bloom them 
yourself or someone else does.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a


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