North American Bulbs

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North American Bulbs

I have a few North American bulbs now in bloom (mid-spring in the Southern Hemisphere);

Brodiaea terrestris from NARGS Seedex 2008 donated by Jane McGary, two shades are evident in this pot,

Brodiaea terrestrisBrodiaea terrestris

Brodiaea jolonensis, also from NARGS Seedex,

Brodiaea.jolonensisBrodiaea.jolonensis

Dichelostemma ida-maia from bought bulbs last fall,

Dichelostemma.ida-maia.Dichelostemma.ida-maia.

cheers

fermi

 

 

 

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Brodiaea and Trits (Triteleia) are good doers here, should be grown more often, really lovely bulbs.  Unfortunately the Firecracker Flower, Dichelostemma ida-maia, is not hardy here, I've tried.  Some of the other Dichelostemmas might be hardy enough, but those I have not tried.

 

Mark McDonough
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Mark,

I've grown a few from NARGS Seedex seed and they've done well here.

This might be Dichelostemma pulchellum

Dichelostemma pulchellum...maybe

and this might be D. multiflorum

Dichelostemma multiflorum...maybe

and this could be Dichelostemma congestum

Dichelostemma congestum...maybe

For some reason our little native bees seem to like sleeping in the flower heads (see first pic)!

cheers

fermi

 

Fermi de Sousa,
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Mark McD
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Nice ones Fermi, gardeners should try these more often.  As I mentioned, I haven't grown any of the Dichelostemma, but do grow Trits and Brodiaeas.  But I think I'll look for for Dichelostemma species on this years NARGS Seedex.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Mark,

here's the Dichelostemma ida-maia with a few more flowers open

Dichelostemma ida-maia

For some reason I've had this pot of Calochortus catalinae sitting in the Shade-house! It was just starting to open this morning,

Calochortus catalinaeCalochortus catalinae

cheers

fermi

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Very nice, Fermi. I tried one Calochortus from seed once and failed with it ( I think a few germinated and I killed them, but don't remember for sure) there are a couple that could be hardy here, if the moisture regimes are not too far off (my main moisture is early/mid-summer, sort of the opposite of most Pacific locales, even interior of B.C.), so I'll have to try again...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Hi Cohan,

many of my calochortus have arrived as seed from the seedexes - primarily NARGS but also SRGC and AGS. (I know you can't restrict yourself to just one genus or just the rare ones but the cost of the seed is ridiculously low for the chance to try so many different types of plants - bulbs especially!) I'm sure to be requesting more calochortus when the lists roll around again - have another go, cohan!cheeky

cheers

fermi

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I definitely will have another go at Calochortus- Alplains lists a few. I'm still not  real member of anything, so it wont be seedex seed..lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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A few more from the garden,

This is possibly Triteleia hyacinthina (can't remember what the seed was labelled as!)

Triteleia hyacinthina

This one is paler and growing in the rock garden where it is spreading a bit

Triteleia hyacinthinaTriteleia hyacinthina

cheers

fermi

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I've just posted some pics of more Calochorti in the Calochortus thread.

Here's a pic of the Brodiaea terrestris that was planted out in the garden (it's a sister seedling to the one posted above)

Brodiaea terrestris

cheers

fermi

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This came as Brodiaea coronaria from  ?NZAGS Seedex 2004 (?maybe NARGS 2011 - I'll have to check my book) the label wasn't clear.

Brodiaea maybe coronariaBrodiaea maybe coronaria

It appears similar to Mary Sue Ittner's pic of B. terestris ssp terestris on the PBS wiki.

Anyone with more experience with these willing to sort it out?

cheers

fermi

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