Is it summer or fall?

clayton3120 clayton3120
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:54:54 PDT
Thanks for bringing up the subject of Eucomis, which are in season .
Eucomis schjiffii  is blooming, and what a prize, but not easy. I have it
planted in nothing but  pumice/ sand with a slight bit of fertility.    On
the deck, Eucomis  Hadco Hybrids from the South African house of
Hippeastrums  are blooming, and WHAT a show.  I grew these from seed, 5
years from starting, and are as fine as ANY hybrid I've seed introduced.
Keep your eyes peeled for ANYTHING from Hadco.

On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM, John Wickham <>wrote:

> Here in Los Angeles, I've notice that a few of my winter-deciduous plants
> are starting to turn. And its not just dead leaves, but taking on Fall
> color. The Vitis and Cornus have a little Fall color and the Betula and
> Fraxinus seems to be thinking about it. I'm afraid it means I need to pull
> my winter growing bulbs out of storage earlier this year than usual. I
> typically have a few winter/spring bloomers that start putting on green
> growth in late August. That might start earlier this year.
> ________________________________
>  From: Jane McGary <>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 5:19 PM
> Subject: [pbs] Is it summer or fall?
> Mid-August is a time when the last Mediterranean-cycle bulbs of
> summer overlap with the first bulbs of fall. Calochortus weedii and
> C. plummerae have finally dropped their petals, and the California
> onion Allium sanbornii is in full bloom, the only "summer" species
> doing so in the bulb house. There, however, the colchicums are waking
> up, whether watered (on the "moist" side) or not (on the "xeric"
> side). Colchicum macrophyllum opens its flowers, which are
> surprisingly small considering the size of its leaves. White
> Colchicum kotschyi is open on the dry side, and I saw the pink tips
> of another species emerging this morning. In the garden Brodiaea
> californica (last of the themids) is almost over, and Acis autumnalis
> has raised its sudden white bells, and where watered, Cyclamen
> hederifolium is beginning to open, as is the related Cyclamen africanum.
> In the borders, Crocosmia hybrids are the most colorful right now,
> and Eucomis species remain ornamental for a long period. Eucomis
> autumnalis doesn't wait until fall to flower here -- it blooms right
> along with the other species and hybrids. Another curiosity that just
> opened is Alstroemeria isabellanae; thank to Nhu for identifying this
> plant, a Brazilian species that is being sold as "Alstroemeria x
> Bomarea," presumably because some grower couldn't tell which it was.
> The western South American alstroemerias here flower much earlier,
> though little Alstroemeria hookeri has been pushing up flowering
> stems for at least four months, and I harvested the first seed
> capsules from it today. (If you don't want to lose your alstroemeria
> seed, which is dispersed explosively, check the capsules by bending
> them over gently. The mature capsules detach easily from the
> pedicels. Slightly immature ones can ripen in the envelope, though,
> if you have to pick them in the wild.)
> By the way, I'd like to mention how useful it is to write out the
> full names of bulbs we discuss, as I've done above. People doing an
> internet search for a plant often find it on the PBS website, and if
> the full name appears in our archived posts, it can be helpful to
> them -- and even recruit new members.
> Jane McGary
> Membership Coordinator
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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