What's blooming - Week of August 15, 2010

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:25:25 PDT
Dear Friends,
	This is the first week of Lycoris season. They are the stars 
of not just my garden, but all around the neighborhood.

	 L. squamigera is a very common "Legacy Bulb'. The Pink Naked 
Ladies or Surprise Lilies can be seen flowering by the hundreds in 
rows along sidewalks and lawn edges. Their sudden appearance and 
shocking pink color delight everyone.

	In my garden the start of Lycoris season is usually heralded 
by L. sanguinea, a Japanese species. This year it is blooming with 
the first run of L. squamigera, L. longituba, L. chinensis and their 
hybrids followed by the slightly later appearance of L. sprengeri. 
Some of the L. longituba appear in the flava form or in various 
shades of yellow and other hybrids in pinker/lilac tones.

	I suspect our extended drought has pushed the start of bloom 
season together and thus the explosion of so many that are usually 
spread out over a wider time frame.

	A recent wind storm knocked down some flower stalks. I cut 
these off and put them in a vase where they make surprisingly long 
lasting cut flowers. If you do this use a wide bottom vase because 
stem bottoms split and curl to fill the space.

	I have hundreds of flowers from the front garden to back and 
side to side. A GLORIOUS site.

	On a much smaller display I have single stem of Lilium 
formosanum in bloom. The drought did a number. Only one bulb in bloom 
and only about 4-5 ft tall as opposed to its more typical 6 to 8 ft. 
Only 3 buds opening as opposed to typically twice or more in number.

	And the 2 inches of rain has initiated Rain lilies- 
Zephyranthes- Z. candida, Z. grandiflora, Z. reginae although others 
are expected.

	A couple potted Crinum americanum are in bloom this week, 
too. A small species, but a welcome sight.

	The best for last - One clump of Lycoris longituba produced a 
single flower with double petals last year. This year that same clump 
has gone slightly berserk. One flower has an amazing 24 petals - 
quadruple the typical -with a matching number of anthers. Another 
bulb has produced a double flower with 12 petals and anthers and 
there are a couple other double or multi-petal flowers. I have posted 
pix on Facebook and will try to get some on the wiki soon, too.  I am 
not sure if they are attractive or just shockingly strange.  I have 
self pollinated the multipetal forms, but seed takes so long to 
bloom. This year I had a few of my own seedlings blooming for the 
first time.

	An exciting week in Kansas City.		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

More information about the pbs mailing list