What's blooming this week -20 September

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:48:24 PDT

Newly blooming this week are these Oxalis:
Oxalis pardalis  MV 7632, Oxalis hirta (mauve form), Oxalis 
polyphylla v. heptaphylla MV 43811B, Oxalis bowiei, and Oxalis zeekoevleyensis.
Unlike Shirley I start watering in August. I found from experience if 
I waited until it starts to rain to water Oxalis, they fall blooming 
ones are late to appear and don't bloom. I tend to plant them as I 
see them starting into growth. Also blooming are Gladiolus carmineus, 
Zephyranthes candida, Bessera elegans, Nerine angustifolia, Tulbaghia 
cominsii x violacea, Hesperoxiphion peruvianum, Nerine humilis, and 
some other new Nerine hybrids. One that has been blooming and I never 
added to the wiki, but I think it would probably qualify since it is 
deciduous and looks tuberous is Talinum paniculatum. I note that it 
is described as an annual or a subshrub some places, but I started 
seed many years ago and one I put in a container continues to 
reappear every year grown outside in my climate and not sheltered 
from the winter rainfall. When looking up about it on the Internet I 
found comments that the leaves are edible and a good spinach 
substitute. Perhaps I should save seed for the BX for all those 
people who like to grow bulbs with edible parts.

Another bizarre blooming at the moment is Delphinium luteum. Normally 
this time of year it is still dormant.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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