Paperwhites and thought salad

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Sat, 29 Dec 2018 17:07:02 PST
My paperwhite narcissus have been flowering for a few weeks now. I planted them in about 1986, and they flower every year. It's the only Narcissus that has lasted more than a few years here. I really enjoy the strong fragrance, though not everybody appreciates it.

I planted some other tazetta varieties this fall, in the same planter bed. Some are flowering now, and I hope they decide to stay for a while.

Frost threatened last night, and for the next week. Nothing froze, though.

As followup, the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) I wrote about in the fall died within days of being in the 110+ F / 43+C weather, even kept in the shade and not allowed to go dry. I don't think the Sunset book is accurate when it says it thrives in All Zones.

On the Mystery page…
I posted photos of an Oxalis blooming now. These came to me as PBS BX 430-8 "Oxalis glabra, ex BX 362." BX 362 included only one glabra, "10. Oxalis glabra." My plant has leaves with small hairs at the margins. It looks like a white O. purpurea. Anybody have comments on this ID? Is anybody else growing 430-8 or 362-10, and what do they look like? Of course, it is possible I mixed up tags at planting, or later.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA
Zone 9?

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