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Michael J Campbell
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And a few pics from the garden.

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395

Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

RickR
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Very nice, both of them.  What happened to the pollen (and anthers) on the one Cyrtanthus flower?  It almost looks like you snipped the ends of the stamens...

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

Lori S.
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Wow, what exquisite plants, Michael! 
Really nice exhibit of colchicum, Rick - now those I think I could probably grow here!

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

Michael J Campbell
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Rick, I snipped them of for cross pollination purposes.  ;D

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395

Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

RickR
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Lori wrote:

Really nice exhibit of colchicum, Rick - now those I think I could probably grow here!

That group of C. agrippinum (http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=428.msg11424#msg11424 ) is particularly photogenic this year.  Last year I had some bouts of heavy rain just when they were blooming, and I could hardly get even one decent photograph.  I had the opportunity to buy 25 small non-blooming size bulbs in 2008 for a ridiculously cheap price.  Didn't know if they would survive here or not, but who cared?  I tried them all over the garden and in pots, too. The ones in pots, did not do as well and all but one has since succumb.  This, even though my potted materials are winter protected.  At least in my climate, they seem to do fine in rich clay based soil, too, although it does drain fairly well.

And remember the cool foliage on this species as well.  Not every one is so artistic, but they all wave, twist and undulate.

             

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

WimB
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Flowering now:

Colchicum 'Lilac Bedder'
Colchicum 'Poseidon'

and Sternbergia greuteriana

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

RickR
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I just can't get enough of those white centered lilac colchicums... ;D

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

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

I just can't get enough of those white centered lilac colchicums... ;D

Neither can my slugs >:(  Almost all mine have damaged flowers thanks to the slugs.

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

RickR
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Slugs are funny animals here.  Last season we had a cool temperatures and low rainfall, and LOTS of slugs.  This year, warmer than normal temperatures (but still only two days of 100+F) and extra rainfall, and virtually no slugs!

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

Lori S.
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RickR wrote:

Slugs are funny animals here.  Last season we had a cool temperatures and low rainfall, and LOTS of slugs.   This year, warmer than normal temperatures (but still only two days of 100+F) and extra rainfall, and virtually no slugs!

Boy, I'll say they are!  Honestly, up until this year, I was used to noticing a very few slugs through the season every year (mostly just noticing a slug trail across the stepping stones or one on the bottom of a pot), but in this wet year (at least into August), I cannot believe the number of slugs!!  Seeing them converge every evening on my tufa garden has brought my baser nature to the surface (it is only shallowly concealed at best, I admit  ;D)... I squished 50 (!) of them one night, then 30 the next night, incredibly, and have dispatched many more since then.  Sheesh!  What gives?!?

On a less slimy note ;), here's what is supposed to be Colchicum speciosum 'Ordu'.  Does it look correct?  (It has floppy stems, unfortunately, as you've noted, Rick, for some other Colchicum.)

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

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