South African Bulbs

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Fermi
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Michael wrote:

I have about twenty bulbs but they have not all flowered yet. ;D ;D ;D

I hope you will also share those pics when they do!

Here are a few spring flowers in the garden -
Lachenalia concordiana

Lachenalia kliprandensis

Babiana pygmaea, B. pygmaea x B. odorata, B. odorata

cheers
fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
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Mark McD
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I mostly just lurk in this topic because I don't grow any South African bulbs, but I do admire them greatly.  Oh baby oh baby, those Babiana species and intermediate hybrid are nice!

Mark McDonough
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RickR
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:D And I liked the Lachenalia concordiana best.

  The markings on the the flower scape and tiger stripes on the leaves are incredible!

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

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Sometimes our southern friends talk about crocus and trilliums, and it doesn't seem so exotic, but here's Fermi casually mentioning Lachenalia in the garden- a genus I like a lot, but certainly cannot grow outdoors (and they are not great houseplants mostly, not enough light for them).. sigh....lol

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cohan wrote:

Sometimes our southern friends talk about crocus and trilliums, and it doesn't seem so exotic, but here's Fermi casually mentioning Lachenalia in the garden- a genus I like a lot, but certainly cannot grow outdoors (and they are not great houseplants mostly, not enough light for them).. sigh....lol

Unfortunately they barely survive here in pots Cohan  :'( ..........Too much shade /moisture.

Cheers Dave

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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I have tried Lachenalias in pots too- but they didn't survive more than a couple of years. But I remember seeing some magnificent specimens in South Africa when I visited that marvellous country :o

Didn't see any Babianas though - they're as nice as anything ;)

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

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I have a few Lachenalia seedlings and a number of Babianas etc time will tell how they will do! I haven't set them up yet, but hoping to set up some lights for them in a cool room, so they can have a bright enough winter growing season.. In this climate, I'd rather have winter growers than anything indoors!  Some of the seeds came from Chris Greenwell, in Bulgaria- they are seed from his plants, grown indoors, so I have some small hope. He's mentioned the Lachenalia and some of the others do tend to etiolate, but many will still grow and flower- obviously, if he got seeds  ;D

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Some more South African bulbs from our garden
Geissorhizas are small but colourful and ixias are tall and colourful!
cheers
fermi

Geissorhiza radians
Geissorhiza monanthos
Geissorhiza tulbaghensis
Geissorhiza aspera
Ixia sp.maybe maculata

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Fermi
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Some more - including a couple of Geiss I forgot!
cheers
fermi

Merwilla dracomontana
Hesperantha bachmannii
Pelargonium triste
Moraea spathulata
Geissorhiza splendidissima
Geissorhiza orinthogaloides

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cohan
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A lot of wonderful colour there, Fermi!

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