New Year's flower count

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 11:02:36 PST
Hi all,

Still the only thing in bloom in the greenhouse is Hippeastrum aulicum.
Sorry I can't include a picture here!  I have been hand-pollinating them
for the past week or so, and I expect to have some seeds to share in a
month or two.

In the basement under fluorescent lights, Griffinia espiritensis are in
bloom.  So far, hand pollinating them has produce no seeds at all.  Since
these plants seem to grow and offset vigorously, I suspect that all of my
original plants were offsets from a single mother plant.   My lone plant of
Griffinia liboniana has grown far less vigorously sitting on the same shelf
right beside the espiritensis plants, with no increase and no sign of
blooming.  Different species, different habits, it seems.

Happy New Year to everyone,

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 1:21 PM, Jane McGary <>

> Noticing the birds in the garden on New Year's Day, I was reminded of the
> annual "bird counts" done around the country (and I suppose in other
> countries too). What is flowering in your garden this New Year weekend? If
> you live in the Southern Hemisphere, plenty! However, we northerners have
> sparser resources, at least those of us without heated greenhouses or
> subtropical climates.
> Just looking at the open garden, where the paths crunch with the year's
> very first hard frost, I find Galanthus cultivars (especially 'Dionysus'),
> Cyclamen coum, Cyclamen trochopteranthum (and the possibly distinct
> Cyclamen alpinum), and some winter shrubs (Chimonanthus praecox, Jasminum
> nudiflorum, various Camellias, Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn', and
> rosemary). In the bulb house, which has a solid roof but open mesh sides,
> only Narcissus cantabricus and a few of its hybrids, a tiny white Colchicum
> (species unknown), and Sternbergia fischeriana.
> I expect our correspondents in California can list dozens of bulbs, and
> our correspondents in Minnesota may not like to read about it. All over the
> world, this is an unusual year, warm and drenched for many of us. Most of
> us in the Pacific Northwest live in hilly country where we're safe from
> floods. I hope our friends in the US Midwest, where hills are not so
> common, are safe too; and how are you doing in England?
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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