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Hoy
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Lori wrote:

RickR wrote:

Slugs are funny animals here.  Last season we had a cool temperatures and low rainfall, and LOTS of slugs.   This year, warmer than normal temperatures (but still only two days of 100+F) and extra rainfall, and virtually no slugs!

Boy, I'll say they are!  Honestly, up until this year, I was used to noticing a very few slugs through the season every year (mostly just noticing a slug trail across the stepping stones or one on the bottom of a pot), but in this wet year (at least into August), I cannot believe the number of slugs!!  Seeing them converge every evening on my tufa garden has brought my baser nature to the surface (it is only shallowly concealed at best, I admit  ;D)... I squished 50 (!) of them one night, then 30 the next night, incredibly, and have dispatched many more since then.  Sheesh!  What gives?!?

On a less slimy note ;), here's what is supposed to be Colchicum speciosum 'Ordu'.  Does it look correct?  (It has floppy stems, unfortunately, as you've noted, Rick, for some other Colchicum.)

I can't tell you which Colchicum it is but you have to be satisfied with the collection of slugs you've got ;) A friend of mine tallied about 3000 of the beasts last year but only 1500 so far this year in her garden :o I don't count mine - i just kill them >:(

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

Lori S.
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Hoy wrote:

I can't tell you which Colchicum it is but you have to be satisfied with the collection of slugs you've got ;) A friend of mine tallied about 3000 of the beasts last year but only 1500 so far this year in her garden :o I don't count mine - i just kill them >:(

Yeah, I'm thrilled with it!  Can't you tell?  ;D ;D  I'm just glad I'm not counting them in the thousands!

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

RickR
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Lori: even the tufa crumbles you have aren't sharp enough to kill the slugs?

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

Lori S.
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No, I'll have to top dress with razor blades next time...  ;D

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

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Lori wrote:

On a less slimy note ;), here's what is supposed to be Colchicum speciosum 'Ordu'.  Does it look correct?  (It has floppy stems, unfortunately, as you've noted, Rick, for some other Colchicum.)

Looks like a regular C. speciosum to me. I've never heard of a cultivar with the name 'Ordu' before. Where did you obtain it from?

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

Michael J Campbell
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Lycoris aurea in the front garden today. We do get a little sunshine occasionally  :)

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Lori S.
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WimB wrote:

Looks like a regular C. speciosum to me. I've never heard of a cultivar with the name 'Ordu' before. Where did you obtain it from?

Google brings up quite a few references to C. speciosum 'Ordu' - though I don't know what distinguishes it from the species, as you say - for example:
http://www.irisbg.com/gardenexpl_o/taxon-15929.aspx

If memory serves, I think I got it from Fraser's Thimble Farm a few years ago - they still list it for 2011:
http://www.thimblefarms.com/bulb.html

Beautiful Lycoris, Michael!  :o :o  What a vibrant colour!

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

RickR
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Michael, the lycoris is indeed sunny!  Love the undulating petal edges, too.

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

Tony Willis
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WimB wrote:

Lori wrote:

On a less slimy note ;), here's what is supposed to be Colchicum speciosum 'Ordu'.  Does it look correct?  (It has floppy stems, unfortunately, as you've noted, Rick, for some other Colchicum.)

Looks like a regular C. speciosum to me. I've never heard of a cultivar with the name 'Ordu' before. Where did you obtain it from?

Ordu is a small place in NE Turkey, more than likely it originally had a label marked as the collection place which then became a cultivar name. It does look just like an ordinary speciosum which occurs in thousands in that area. It is very nice though!

Hoy
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I would love to grow more autumn flowering bulbs like Lycoris, but it seems the weather forbid it :(

Usually Norway is self-sustained with 85% of the wheat for human consume but this year no wheat is usable as human food. Also the vegetable and potato harvest is reduced. We have to buy a lot at the world marked. . . .

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

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