Miscellaneous summer bulbs

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Tony Willis
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two of my lilies in flower now,the first from Greece

Lilium chalcedonicum

and the second which is from a garden centre and may be a hybrid? It is about three feet tall and very rigid in habit. Either way it is a wonderful plant

Lilium auratum

Tony Willis
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Another of my lilies in flower now from N Vietnam
Lilium poilanei

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

That Lilium poilanei sure is elegant.  The thick petals suggests it lasts a long time, too (?)

The others aren't too shabby, either.  L. chalcedonicum from seed has so far survived its first winter season here in zone 4!

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

Tony Willis
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Strange to be posting this here in summer bulbs as it flowers in about March/April in the wild.

Biarum ditschianum

RickR
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Wow, Tony!  What a rarity!

Is this its maiden bloom?  I assume it isn't actually at bloom stage yet...

And are those two lowermost appendages, leaves?  Are they mature?

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

Tony Willis
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Rick

that is the flower in its mature state. Those lower bits are cataphylls which are drying of as the flower pushes through the ground. The leaves will appear later. I keep it cool but frost free over winter.

Most biarum flower in the autumn and this one is unique in flowering in spring. This is its second flowering,the first time was early July last year when we were in Oregon and so missed it. I have tried to find it without success in the wild during early May but feel I have been there too late. It is very local.

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

Tony - I saw the lily on the Scottish Rock site and immediately fell in love with it! What a beautiful flower. I'm not so sure about the Biarum though!!!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Tony, super cool Biarum... I've never had any luck with these when I tried them from seed a couple of times.

In bloom now (and all summer if enough moisture) is Pinellia cordata 'Yamazaki'.  Yes, I know the warnings about Pinellia species being too aggressive, but so far in this climate they have not posed a significant threat; I've grown P. pedatisecta for years, and it is spreading around a little bit.  

I've grown this diminutive form of P. cordata for several years, labeled as 'Yamazakii' but think it is properly spelled 'Yamazaki'.  It has remained a small clump with attractive mottled foliage, so far without any sign of romping about.  The cute yellowish-green flowers barely peek out, but worth lying on one's belly to sniff the flowers that smell like sweet bubblegum, although some people report the fragrance as being lemony.

 

International Aroid Society page on Pinellia infloresences, including Pinellia cordata 'Yamazaki'
http://www.aroid.org/genera/arisaema/herold/Pages/pinflower.php

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

RickR
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Pinellia don't seem to be invasive here in Minnesota, either. 
In fact, many won't grow here at all.

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

Tony Willis
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Joined: 2011-02-01

I thought I would post an updated picture of the Biarum ditschianum which has elongated and is now showing its flowers and pollen

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