Colchicum Are Starting

J.E. Shields
Sun, 06 Sep 2009 06:54:43 PDT
Hi all,

My colchicums are starting to bloom, so summer is pretty much over 
here.  The first up were a few of 'The Giant' by one of the greenhouses, 
then scattered clumps of C. cilicium and C. byzantinum started to pop 
up.  The last to bloom will probably be the C. speciosum naturalized in the 
front lawn.

The Lycoris caldwellii are still in bloom, and they are  the very last of 
my Lycoris to bloom.  L. 'Sky Over Sky' is also in bloom, and looks much 
like the caldwellii.  Jim Waddick, do you have any idea what the parent of 
'Sky Over Sky' might have been?

I think next summer I will have to separate the clump of 'Sky Over 
Sky'  and some of the caldwellii clumps and line them out.  They are too 
nice to keep all to myself.

A couple weeks ago, I got my first bloom on Brunsvigia litoralis.  I 
planted the seeds, received from Sliverhill Seeds, in 1999.  Only one other 
bulb from that batch survives, and it has not bloomed yet.  B. litoralis is 
not the most impressive flower I ever saw!  A picture will be in my 
re-activated blog at…

if anyone is interested.  The entry should be posted by this evening.

My only bulb of Haemanthus dasyphyllus is trying to bloom, but I'm afraid 
the scape will not elongate out of the bulb.  One of my Haemanthus 
[barkerae X coccineus] also had a failed first bloom attempt this 
season.  That particular clone looks promising in any case, as it is much 
larger than its siblings.

Jim Shields
in Westfield, Indiana

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