One flower on the Calochortus argillosus this year
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
Delightful! Seeing these photos from the southern hemisphere is tremendously uplifting in the short days of winter.
So funny that the only way we see this North American species on the NARGS forum is when it's posted from an Australian garden!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
Still happy to post pics here as I haven't fallen in with the FB crowd
Last one for the year is a Calochortus clavatus grown a few years ago from NARGS Seedex seed donated by Cyril La Fong in Scotland,
Always nice to see all these gems, Fermi. I especially like the calochortus, and I've been putsing with seed of various species, but haven't got any to survive a winter outside here yet. But....... this winter is so ridiculously warm! People are calling it "the season formerly known as winter". (Remember, Minnesota is the home of the music artist formerly known as Prince.) Claude Barr tried extensively in South Dakota, the state to the west of me, without success. But that was in the pre climate change era.
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I didn't realize that Calochortus would be that difficult for you, though years of listening to "A Prairie Home Companion" should have reminded me about the severe winters you experience. I usually order a few species from the Seedexes each year and try them in the garden when they are large enough. Several have persisted but I think they benefit from re-planting in fresh soil which is why the Calochortus splendens did so well this year, I think,