Is it summer or fall?

Nicholas plummer
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:09:44 PDT
Here in my North Carolina garden, I know Autumn is here when the Lycoris
radiata pop up.  There is still no sign of them, so I'd call it Summer,
albeit an unusually cool and wet one.  Outside, Lilium catesbaei is still
in bud; I think it is about 10 days later than usual.  Lilium formosanum is
blooming all over the place.  It's almost a weed, the way it spreads, but
any weed with such wonderful fragrance and flowers large enough for a
hummingbird to almost disappear inside can stay.

 Can I consider terrestrial orchids with tuberoids honorary
bulbs?Platanthera ciliaris is in full bloom outside, and in the
greenhouse, the
summer-growing tropical Habenaria and Pecteilis species are in bud or in


Nicholas Plummer
Durham, NC, USA
Zone 7

On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM, Jane McGary
> wrote:

> Mid-August is a time when the last Mediterranean-cycle bulbs of
> summer overlap with the first bulbs of fall.

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