Miscellaneous spring bulbs

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cohan's picture
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LucS wrote:

More bulbs to cultivate indoors for the best results :
Tulipa turkestanica
Tulipa biflora
Tulipa sogdiana, a semi-desert species
Tulipa regelii, a semi-desert species with the most remarkable leaf

All  nice, but regelii is exquisite!

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

Tony Willis
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Joined: 2011-02-01

Luc absolutely stunning plants

here are a few Cyclamen pseudibericum in flower at the moment.

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Some small bulbs flowering here now:

Anemone blanda 'Ingramii'
Anemone blanda 'Radar'
Erythronium dens-canis 'Pink Perfection'
Erythronium dens-canis 'White Splendour'
Fritillaria stenanthera
Fritillaria verticilliata 'Kara-Sumbe'
Olsynium douglasii 'Alba'
Ranunculus ficaria 'Aurantiacus'
Ranunculus ficaria 'Collarette'
and Ranunculs ficaria 'Wild Red Back'

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

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Fritillaria bucharica, a rhinopetalum from C-Asia - 3 shots during flowering time

Torhout-Flanders-Belgium-zone 8a

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It is clear to me, Luc and Wim, that the spring is far more advanced in Belgium than here in Norway - both inside and outside ;D
I have had Fritillaria bucharica outside but it was shortlived! The slugs seemingly are very fond of Fritillaria.

Tony, nice plants! How hardy are Cyclamen pseudibericum? I have several other Cyclamen species in the garden, the slugs let them alone.

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

Tony Willis
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they have been frozen in a bulb frame this winter but only for short periods.

I have raised a batch of plants and I am going to try them outside so ask again in a year or two.

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

I'm late in replying, lots of good plants posted here, thanks for posting!

Last autumn I received bulbs of two forms of Colchicum kesselringii, I include a photo of one of those two forms.  The following shows a form from Jane McGary, the blooms are leafless and are incredibly tiny and cute; a good candidate for a trough.  The second form is a JCA collection, with flowers 4 times the size and spread wide open, with a short basal leaf showing, and taller stems (still short though), hardly seems like the same species... I have not included a photo of the second form.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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Very nice, Mark.  It seems sort of special to me to see spring-blooming Colchicum!  That reminds me... I had one C. kesselringii - the flower was very white on the petal reverse, with only the faintest purple streaking... but I haven't seen it since 2009.  Oh well. :'(  Must try again some day.

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

Mark McD
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An update to my previous post about Colchicum kesselringii, here is a photo take on this cold gray day, showing two forms I'm growing.  In the distance is the tiny form from Jame McGary, and in front of it is another form, identified as ex. S&V 94-90, HBG 1998.  The Jane McGary form is leafless when in flower, and as in crocus the flowers only open in bright sun.  The second form has basal foliage showing, and has flowers that are about 4x larger, with much longer tubes and splayed open flowers that stay open regardless of light.  I like the smaller form better.  Thanks for these JJF.

Supposed to snow starting this afternoon, so thought I'd snap some photos even with the buds closed; this is Colchicum doerfleri, another of the very small spring blooming species.  I received this several years ago from friend J. John Flintoff, and they degree of hairiness is variable, some show a fringe of hairs along the leaf edges, and another is downy with fine hairs all over the leaves.  After flowering, the leaves stay small and downy; a real cutie.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Really cool stuff Mark.  The hairs are certainly an added attraction on the last one for me. 
What conditions are your Colchicums growing in?

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


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