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Hoy
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Dave, a brilliant colour of that coccineus!

Michael, do you grow it as an Easter ornamental?

Cohan, are you sure the name is right? When googling Ledebouria galpinii I get something very different?

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

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Gladiolus cunonius
Moraea aristata.
Veltheimia bracteata
Watsonia laccata
Freesia alba.

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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I have Gladiolus cunonis started from seed last year.  It's so different, and one of my favorites, after G. orchidiflorus, of course.

That Moraea aristata with its peacock feather eyes is quite stunner, Michael. Such vivid color!  :o

And the Watsonia laccata is such a wonderful shade of orange, too.

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

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Beautiful pictures, Michael.  Am wondering about how to get my Moraea bicolor to flower.  After 20 years of a pot/garden indoor/outdoor routine, it is a nice clump of leaves but never a flower.  Am wondering about fertilizer.  Would sure love to see some flowers like the ones I saw at the entrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens in Capetown.  Perhaps you could give me an idea about this.  Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
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Michael J Campbell
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Francis, my Moraea bulbs all get the same treatment. They are all grown in plastic pots in the greenhouse in a compost made up as follows. 50% soil,20% coarse grit, 20% perlite, and 10 coarse sand. The pot is filled to about three quarters with this mix and then a layer or coarse sand  about 2cm. the bulbs are places on the sand and covered with the same sand and then topped with Grit. They are kept in the greenhouse with the heater set at 2C to keep the frost out. They are watered on the 1st  of September and kept just damp until they have made  good growth usually around Christmas or early January. Then I feed them every two weeks with tomato feed until flower buds appear. they like plenty of water when in full growth and as they are in pure sand it is difficult to over do it.
Remember I live in the west of Ireland in a mild climate and we only occasionally get heavy frosts, although 2010 and 2011 were extreme with -17c
for weeks.
I have had them bloom out in the garden for years until the heavy frosts came. :)

Hope this helps.
 

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Michael - Moraea aristata is stunning. I wonder how much winter cold some of these would take? I have a yellow Moraea (not sure of the species) which has been outside now for 4 or 5 years (with a low of -14°C this winter - but usually only to -8°C or so) and Watsonia aletroides has survived and flowered quite well. Maybe if given an insulated cloche through the worst weather...?

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.
 

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Moraea collina (syn. Homeria collina)

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Michael

Very nice Freesia alba picture
The seeds you send from the Freesia's (Anomatheca) start germinating
looks very promising

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Michael- what a show!

Trond, yes, my plant(s) is (are) Ledebouria galpinii :) just remember mine a)only just emerged from winter rest so leaves are not fully developed in the pics, and buds aren't open b)my plants live indoors all year, so with lower light, the leaves will be less flat, and less purple, but they do have the attractive texture, and the flowers opened pink :)

 

Here is Bulbine favosa small form; this is an easy and frequent flowerer :) Probably would be much more erect in full sun, but I'm just happy it flowers.... I may try to raise at least one of them this summer to show the caudex..

Ongoing flowering on my plants from Penrock seed as Ornithogalum unifoliatum; they are one leafed, but not succulent as that species should be? Probably one of the species moved to Albuca..

Some fresh pics of the Ledebouria galpinii

     

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cohan wrote:

Michael- what a show!

Trond, yes, my plant(s) is (are) Ledebouria galpinii :) just remember mine a)only just emerged from winter rest so leaves are not fully developed in the pics, and buds aren't open b)my plants live indoors all year, so with lower light, the leaves will be less flat, and less purple, but they do have the attractive texture, and the flowers opened pink :)

Here is Bulbine favosa small form; this is an easy and frequent flowerer :) Probably would be much more erect in full sun, but I'm just happy it flowers.... I may try to raise at least one of them this summer to show the caudex..

Ongoing flowering on my plants from Penrock seed as Ornithogalum unifoliatum; they are one leafed, but not succulent as that species should be? Probably one of the species moved to Albuca..

Some fresh pics of the Ledebouria galpinii

OK, I wouldn't have recognised it without the flowers ;)
You do grow a lot of plants inside the house! How many pots do you have?

I once had a pot of L socialis inddors and the leaves was pretty nice, the flowers were not! However last autumn I was too late to bring it inside. It didn't take the freezing temps and died. . . . .

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

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