Flowering now in the Southern Hemisphere

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Toole
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Flowering now in the Southern Hemisphere

Spring has sprung here at the bottom of New Zealand.

 

Scoliopus bigelovii .In previous years I've caught a slight whiff of it's disagreeable scent however this year the smell was almost unbearable as i tried to get in close with the 60mm macro lens.

Iris reticulata Katharine Hodgkin .The colouring seems more vibrant this season .I wonder if this is because the trough was emptied about 3 months ago and new mix added .

Narcissus tazetta ssp patulus needs a warm sunny spot hence i grow it in a pot .This one has a pleasant scent.

 

 

 

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Eranthis hyemalis Schwelfeglanz from seed flowering for the first time .A subdued apricot colour .I've posted a pic of the normal yellow form also currently in bloom for comparison .

I like the colouring of Crocus pestalozzae

  and Crocus sieberii Firefly .

I'm not that clued up on Galanthus however i think this one is G.caucasicus

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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A number of unknown ,(at least to me), Galanthus .....

Double Helleborus hybridus  grown from Australian seed .

 

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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We have had a few warm days here at the end of July and the garden has begun to move. I took a walk round with my camera and took a few pictures.

 

Heleborus niger

Helleborus niger

 

Helleborus foetidus

Helleborus foetidus       Helleborus foetidus

 

Helleborus x sternii This originally came from a seedlist as Helleborus viridus but is possibly just a form of Helleborus argutifolius. I did not particularly care for it at first but the contrasting green of the foliage and flowers are quite attractive

Helleborus x sternii    Helleborus x sternii    Helleborus x sternii

 

Helleborus hybridus dark and white forms The dark form has been in the garden forever and has survived being grazed by sheep and cattle - not that I imagine hellebores would taste very nice. I bought the white form about 20 years ago and it has proved to be hardy and reliable increasing well from seed.

Helleborus hybridus dark    Helleborus hybridus white

 

Helleborus hybridus seedling from seed supplied by Dave Toole. He will probably want it back now it has flowered.

Helleborus hybridus seedling

 

Crocus It is a hybrid cultivar but I have forgotten its name.

Crocus

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Lori S.
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A nice remembrance of or forecast for spring (depending on a northern hemispherite's point of view!)  Everything is looking lovely and fresh.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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I am not sure I like it - I do not mean your flowers but that is a sign it is going the wrong way here!

On the other hand, I am looking forward to the spring flowers!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Senecio 2
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The above two gentlemen who live south of here seem to have spring earlier, which is not right in this hemisphere. Dave your Scoliopus  had me out searching to see if mine were ok. They are, but their noses are not through the mulch yet. And David that last Heleborus seedling had Elaine suggesting you are really in for a cooking treat on your next visit. Certainly good bargaining material there. Have a bit of colour here still, mainly from winter flowering plants. Below a shot of an uncovered outdoor plunge.

North Canterbury

South Island, New Zealand

Elevation 11metres

RickR
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It's like your own private flower show!

 

What are you using for plunge material...

sphagnum moss?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Toole
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Thanks Lori and Hoy.

Winter here was a non event and now we are getting some more warmth with extended day time hours ,plants are popping up everywhere.I even have a couple of trilliums in bloom,pics later this weekend.

Nice Hellebores David.I was up your way on Saturday south of Waihola pig hunting ,(successfully),with my brother and it did enter my mind to pop around and 'offer' to take your seedling under some sort of ancestral claim ....wink.

Stuart your frame looks great .I have another clump of Scoliopus bigelovii at the same stage as yours .It normally flowers at the end of the month.

Tell Elaine i have a multitude of  one year seedlings beside the doubles and others like David's seedling.She is most welcome to a few although it will be pot luck as they are all growing together in the same bed.I can pot up some and bring them up to Christchurch next month.Just let me know .No cooking required --smile.

Here's some colour from Sunday .

Romulea clusiana.

Narcissus cyclamineus .

Crocus biflorus ssp biflorus has such wonderful strong outside feathering that can also be seen from inside the cup.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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Plants

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Hoy
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Senecio 2, very nice! My plants don't look like that in February!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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