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cohan
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The Tulbaghias all seem to look pretty :) This is a summer grower? It goes out for the summer?

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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I grow it in a pot and put the pot outside in spring/summer. It is completely dry during winter (stored in a cool but frost free room) and when I see new buds in early spring I bring it into a slightly warmer room and give it a little water. When the laves get bigger I give more water if necessary (depending on rain if it is outside). When the flowers are done in summer I put the pot behind something else and let the leaves die down during late summer/fall. It is an easy plant and seems to like that the bulbs are crowded.

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

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Ferraria crispa

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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cohan
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Trond, I think I even saw some common Tulbaghia for sale at Walmart as dry bagged bulbs for summer planting- they've had a Nerine too.. I was going to say I wasn't sure if my summer was warm enough, but I guess (apart from risk of frost) my summer can't be much cooler than yours  ;D And people do grow the big Gladiolus in the garden in summer...

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

Hoy
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Michael wrote:

Ferraria crispa

Michael, you are sure it is a flower and not a artistically decorated chocolate cake?
This was a special one :o

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

Hoy
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cohan wrote:

Trond, I think I even saw some common Tulbaghia for sale at Walmart as dry bagged bulbs for summer planting- they've had a Nerine too.. I was going to say I wasn't sure if my summer was warm enough, but I guess (apart from risk of frost) my summer can't be much cooler than yours  ;D And people do grow the big Gladiolus in the garden in summer...

Cohan, your summer is definitely as warm as mine. I would have problem growing the big gladioli as it often is too cool in summer.

I grow another Tulbaghia in a pot too. It is as easy as simmlerii but much smaller in stature. It flowers later in the summer and all summer till fall.
I once had Nerine bowdenii in the garden all year for several years and it flowered regularly every fall, but I moved it - shouldn't have done for it died.

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

RickR
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Hoy wrote:

Michael, you are sure it is a flower and not a artistically decorated chocolate cake?
This was a special one :o

This is just what came to my mind, too: a chocolate dessert.  The colors are so distinct and pure!

Nature is so marvelous.  :o
And what an excellent showcase, Michael!

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

cohan
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I forgot to mention that Ferraria- they are quite amazing, Michael :)

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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First flowers from last years seedlings

Babiana tubiflora
Sparaxis grandiflora ssp grandiflora
Sparaxis grandiflora ssp violaceae

Roland

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RickR
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It is interesting that the subspecies violaceae is yellow  ???.  Are the names mixed up on the photos?

Also intriguing on the yellow flower is the looping appendages.  Looking at the purple one, they look to be the stigma?

Are these spraxis small, like sisyrhinciumSisyrinchium?

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

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