Spring bulbs out in autumn

Werner Betschart betschartfamily@hotmail.com
Sat, 26 May 2018 13:33:31 PDT
Don't worry Rosalind. I think they'll be fine. Actually, this is a fairly normal time for them to flower in my garden (North Island, NZ) though they always surprise me (mostly because I can't quite believe we are so far into the year already!). We have had an unusually warm autumn and this has certainly confused a few things. A friend was picking apples from a blossoming tree. More Rhododendrons than usual have squeezed out some flowers thus spoiling their spring display.However, the jonquils you refer to usually do start flowering in autumn/early winter and if they are a bit early it shouldn't bother them.


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Today's Topics:

   1. Looking for species Crocus leaf samples (Evan Eifler)
   2. spring bulbs out in autumn in New Zealand (Rosalind Hursthouse)


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Date: Fri, 25 May 2018 15:21:46 -0500
From: Evan Eifler <evan.eifler@gmail.com>
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Subject: [pbs] Looking for species Crocus leaf samples
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Hi Everyone,

I recognize it's getting late in the season, but does anyone happen to have
species *Crocus* still in leaf? I'm looking for leaf tissue of any *species*
of *Crocus* - so not horticultural varieties, hybrids, etc.

If you remember, I am working on building a family tree for *Geissorhiza*,
one of the more obscure but beautiful bulb genera indigenous to South
Africa. I finally got my first batch of gene sequences back for a subset of
the species and the project is going well.

In addition to *Geissorhiza*, I've decided to expand my family tree to
include generic representatives (an individual specimen from each genus) of
the Iridaceae subfamily, Crocoideae so I can conduct a nested analysis of
*Geissorhiza* within Crocoideae which will improve the accuracy of my

If anyone is willing to part with a few leaves of their *Crocus*, please
let me know and I will give you further instructions. I'm happy to pay for
shipping if necessary.

Thanks, and I hope to post an update on my research to the Bulb Garden
later this year!


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Date: Sat, 26 May 2018 04:45:42 +0000
From: Rosalind Hursthouse <r.hursthouse@auckland.ac.nz>
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Subject: [pbs] spring bulbs out in autumn in New Zealand
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Is anyone else in Auckland, NZ encountering this? My first paper white narcissi flowered on the 29th of March (!), followed by lots of others; then the straw-yellow ones started, and today the first yellow and orange one has come out. I am very worried about what will happen to them in the cold sodden ground during the winter when they will be expecting to bake in the summer heat. Any advice welcome.



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