Moraea hybrids update 2018, and a video tour

Colin Davis codavis@ucdavis.edu
Mon, 03 Sep 2018 22:07:29 PDT
Mike, Wow, that is quite stunning. I do envy your climate down there,
Moraea really need those warm summers to come back well in the fall.
Phenomenal work, keep it up!

On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 3:31 PM , via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
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> They are all beautiful.  I don't know how you can pick a favorite, I
> picked several favorites.  I still like the one near the end that looks
> like it has bumblebees on it.  Thanks so much for posting all of this.
> Carolyn Craft
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Mace <michaelcmace@gmail.com>
> To: pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
> Sent: Mon, Sep 3, 2018 3:00 pm
> Subject: [pbs] Moraea hybrids update 2018, and a video tour
>
> Folks,
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> If you're not interested in hybrids, move along fast to the next message.
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> I've posted the highlights from my Moraea-hybridizing activity for the
> year.
> There were many new flowers, including some interesting color combinations
> and lots of streaks and dots. I'm also getting closer to a red flower,
> which
> is one of my big goals.
>
>
>
> https://growingcoolplants.blogspot.com/2018/09/…
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>
>
> Growing these plants in raised beds (technically they're screenhouses)
> continues to be much more successful for me than pots. I'm up to six beds
> now (building one a year to hold the new seeds), and they're all performing
> well. I think the number of blooms in the first bed is starting to decline,
> and if that continues I'll probably re-dig it in a future summer. But even
> if they last just six years, it's a lot better than replanting every three
> years, which is what I had to do with pots.
>
>
>
> This year I made a video of the plants when they were at peak bloom. You'll
> see not just hybrids, but video of some of my favorite species, including
> the rich purple and blue M. gigandra, a bright orange selection of M.
> neopavonia sold by Gordon Summerfield, a couple of M. tripetala forms, and
> an unbelievably vivid magenta M. villosa.
>
>
>
> If you want to visit the growing beds on a bright breezy spring day, here's
> your chance:
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> https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=gW6LzsVoPJg
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> I am glad to share hybrid and species seeds for free if anyone's interested
> (drop me a note at my address above; do not reply to the list). I'll ask
> you
> to make a donation to the PBS so I'm not competing with the seed exchange.
>
>
>
> As always, I would love to get advice from any other growers or
> hybridizers.
> I'm an amateur experimenting more or less at random.
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> And I'm on the lookout for some additional Moraea species that aren't in
> general cultivation. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. My
> wish
> list is here:
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> https://growingcoolplants.blogspot.com/2016/05/…
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> Thanks,
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>
>
> Mike
>
> San Jose, CA
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