What's blooming now - week of Sept 12, 2011

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:33:28 PDT

Hi all,

In the garden, the first Colchicum of the season, C. cilicicum, is just now 
blooming.  None of the other Colchicum I have are showing anything above 
ground so far.

On the deck, the tiny pink flowers of Nerine gracilis (or maybe N. 
hesseoides?) are just starting.  There are scapes showing but no color yet 
on the dwarf form of Nerine angustifolia.  N. filifolia is also showing 
scapes, which are much taller this year than in past years.

In the greenhouse,  Haemanthus barkerae is in full bloom, with its small 
pink "paintbrush" blooms.  Also showing buds are Haemanthus pubescens 
pubescens and H. pubescens arenicolus.  Haemanthus dasyphyllus is showing a 
bloom as well.  H. coccineus bulbs continue to show new blooms, and the 
hybrids H. [barkerae x coccineus] and [coccineus x barkerae] are blooming 
like mad.  This is one of my favorite times of the year in the greenhouse.

I'll try to get pictures of these somewhere on-line sometime in the next week.

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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