What's blooming this week 7/27/2011

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:11:59 PDT
I just noticed that another bulb is blooming:  Galtonia (a.k.a. 
Ornithogalum) candicans is in bloom.  This bulb is hardy, growing in an 
outdoor bed here.  Regardless of which genus you prefer to put it in, it is 
one of the rare South African bulbs that seems to really be hardy 
here.  Two of its Galtonia congeners turned out not to be so hardy for me 
outdoors here in central Indiana.

We got about 0.75 inch of rain last night, so I have hopes that we might 
yet see blooms this season from Hymenocallis occidentalis and the various 
hardy Lycoris I have here.  That was the first significant rain in about 3 
weeks.  I think our total rainfall for July is still no more than about 1 
inch around here.

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Lat. 40° 02.8' N, Long. 086° 06.6' W

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