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Boland
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Scilla 2010

I'm sure several of you have Scilla blooming. My first ones opened today...S. miczenkoana (aka S. tubergeniana)

Hoy
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This was a nice gang!
Some of mine opened before I left, I'll give report when coming home after Easter.

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

Hoy
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Lots of them flowered when I came home. Here are two, the white one is probably a white S. verna selection.

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

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I don't have S. verna but I have the pink form of bifolia...should be open in the next 2-3 days

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'...self-seeded in the lawn.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Boland wrote:

Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'...self-seeded in the lawn.

When do you start mowing the lawn? I have to wait till June because of the bulbs. (My wife don't approve.)

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

Boland
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I never planted any bulbs in my lawn but over the years, several crocus, two species of scilla, chionodoxa and erythronium americana have moved in.  Much to my chagrin, I notice Allium aflatuense has also started to pop-up in the lawn!  I generally mow by late May...perhaps a bit early for the bulbs but it does not seem to have slowed them down.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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I'm a bit peeved!  I saw a band of house sparrows out eating puschkinia blossoms last weekend... curious, I thought... as I had never seen that behavior before.  Anyway, it appears the little buggers also ate all the buds off my grove of Scilla miczenkoana!  Grrr!  >:(

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Skulski wrote:

I'm a bit peeved!  I saw a band of house sparrows out eating puschkinia blossoms last weekend... curious, I thought... as I had never seen that behavior before.  Anyway, it appears the little buggers also ate all the buds off my grove of Scilla miczenkoana!  Grrr!  >:(

Yes, I have them too, they like to shred crocus blooms.  They seem to be partial to an old mixed planting of Crocus chrysanthus hybrids in my front "foundation planting" area, so it's not much of a loss, so far they ignore the rarer species crocus on the other side of my house.

Todd: regarding bulb lawns, some of the photos of bulb lawns posted on the Scottich Rock garden Club forum will knock your socks off; visually compelling they are.  But then I wonder too, how to manage the mowing part... how long to let it look unkempt while bulb foliage is still green.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Boland
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My favourite scilla is now open...Scilla rosenii, from Ruksans.  The flowers are huge for a scilla.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Boland
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D***, I'm getting famous for forgetting to attach the pics!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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