what's flowering first week of August 2012

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 10:59:41 PDT
In my bulb house, which is devoted to Mediterranean-cycle bulbs, the 
only flowers are on two very late California bulbs--Calochortus 
weedii and Allium congdonii-- and the very first Colchicum of the 
year, which this year turns out to be little Colchicum 
hierosolymitanum (the name refers to Jerusalem).

In the garden, the lilies are nearly over, except for L. lancifolium 
(tiger lily), perhaps the easiest of all lilies to obtain and grow, 
but well worth planting if you have a neglected spot that could do 
with something tall and orange. The main bulb interest is Eucomis -- 
E. bicolor, E. pole-evansii, E. autumnalis, and some of the hybrids, 
with purple or green leaves. They are all flourishing in their new 
home, which has more retentive soil than my other garden. Despite 
their South African origin, Eucomis are quite hardy here in the 
Pacific Northwest, given deep planting and mulch, since they are 
summer growers.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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