Blooming mid February

Luminita vollmer
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:26:49 PST
People!!!   We have feet of snow on the ground, more in the forecast.

The only thing blooming are the house plants - plumeria, lemon trees,
phoenix oyster mushroom block, scilla madeirensis, amaryllis, african
violets, and several orchids.

It will be a long time before anything outside will be blooming! Although I
did hear a Robin yesterday!


Luminita from Minneapolis

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 2:22 PM, M Gastil-Buhl <>

> Blooming now:
> (apologies for spellings from memory not proof-read)
> Dichelostemma capitatum, giant Santa Cruz variety
> Moraea tripetala
> Moraea polystachya
> Gladiolus gracilis (past peak)
> A dainty light-blue-purple Ixia
> A dainty blue Scilla from Illahe Rare Bulbs, tag faded (but there's always
> the underground tag for later reference)
> Another UFO with tiny orchid-shaped pale-lavendar blooms (I'll post a pic
> later)
> A purple Lachenalia from PBS
> Ipheion uniflorum, including patches of 'Jesse', 'Wisley Blue', and others
> (Yes I realize that is not the current name.)
> Muscari (only a few in a patch that used to be crowded with blue blooms)
> Scilla peruviana
> Oxalis purpurea
> other pink and salmon species Oxalis
> and of course O. pes-caprae, which has only reached blooming size due to my
> negligence these past 30 seconds.
> The Chasmanthe aeothepica has not opened its spikes of buds, which seems
> very late, normally fall blooming
> Climate context:
> Santa Barbara climate closest to Sunset zone 24, mild (historically wet)
> winters and mild (historically dry) summers. Weather here this past year
> has not followed the historic climactic pattern. These past 5 years most
> irrigation has been from city pipes due to long term extreme drought. This
> past summer we had rain (very unusual for here) which may explain why some
> bulbs have not emerged this winter, and why my Moraea polystachya has a
> bumper crop. That winter grower seems to appreciate summer rain. Some bulbs
> turned brown early in the January heat wave.
> My garden is an experiment in resilience.
> Gastil
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