A Different Sauromatum

Judy Glattstein jgglatt@gmail.com
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 07:52:59 PDT
I have Sauromatum guttatum, which has an attractive pedatisect leaf. I 
used to dig for the winter, storing dry in a shallow box in the 
basement. But have discovered that here in New Jersey they winter over 
just fine when left in the garden. They are well into growth by now in 
all the places where they were planted - semi- to less shady. They make 
offsets, so are developing colonies.

When stored in the basement they would often flower before planting out. 
Now - I'm not sure if / when they flower as the spathe arises so close 
to the ground and there is a lot going on at that (earlier) time of 
year. When they were flowering indoors and hurriedly planted out I would 
end up with seed heads.

Pictures attached. David, you are welcome to add to the Wiki if you 
would like.

A different aroid "cousin" - for years I had Dracunculus in a certain 
garden location. Grew and flowered every year. Then, just a few years 
ago, it vanished. Upsetting, but these things do happen. This year a 
large native viburnum partially uprooted and toppled over. Could not 
resurrect it. Thought I would chop it up when I got to it but lo and 
behold - it leaved out, flowered, is now making seed. Clearly alive. So 
I was lopping branches to give it a nicer shape only to discover I was 
standing on a couple of small dracunculus! Levitated off and told them I 
was glad to see them! Mysterious and wonderful is the world of plants.

Third and last - Japanese beetles are, for the first time I can recall, 
nibbling on the leaf of a large potted amorphophallus. Anyone else seen 
this?

Judy in very rainy New jersey where my Musa basjoo has gone into overdrive
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