I have a few North American bulbs now in bloom (mid-spring in the Southern Hemisphere);
Brodiaea terrestris from NARGS Seedex 2008 donated by Jane McGary, two shades are evident in this pot,
Brodiaea jolonensis, also from NARGS Seedex,
Dichelostemma ida-maia from bought bulbs last fall,
Brodiaea and Trits (Triteleia) are good doers here, should be grown more often, really lovely bulbs. Unfortunately the Firecracker Flower, Dichelostemma ida-maia, is not hardy here, I've tried. Some of the other Dichelostemmas might be hardy enough, but those I have not tried.
Nice ones Fermi, gardeners should try these more often. As I mentioned, I haven't grown any of the Dichelostemma, but do grow Trits and Brodiaeas. But I think I'll look for for Dichelostemma species on this years NARGS Seedex.
Very nice, Fermi. I tried one Calochortus from seed once and failed with it ( I think a few germinated and I killed them, but don't remember for sure) there are a couple that could be hardy here, if the moisture regimes are not too far off (my main moisture is early/mid-summer, sort of the opposite of most Pacific locales, even interior of B.C.), so I'll have to try again...
many of my calochortus have arrived as seed from the seedexes - primarily NARGS but also SRGC and AGS. (I know you can't restrict yourself to just one genus or just the rare ones but the cost of the seed is ridiculously low for the chance to try so many different types of plants - bulbs especially!) I'm sure to be requesting more calochortus when the lists roll around again - have another go, cohan!
I definitely will have another go at Calochortus- Alplains lists a few. I'm still not real member of anything, so it wont be seedex seed..lol
Small heartache seeing Triteleia ixioides, I grew it for about 6 years, in two named formed, sorry that is no longer present in my garden :-(
One that is still with me, a rather small yellow-flowered one, is T. lemmoniae. Photos from 2010, but it pretty much looks the same every year. It barely increases for me, but I do have some younger seedling plants coming along, from scratching in seed near the mother plants. I like how the flowers get tinged brown when they start going over.
Some more Trites!
This is another of the selections available from David Glenn at Lambley Nursery (lambley.com.au) which he imported from Holland, Triteleia (?laxa) 'WWW'
And this is a single Triteleia laxa which may've been a stray corm or possibily a seedling from the main clump (I posted a pic in the "garden walks" Thread) and has come up opposite the mound where the others are growing,
This range of colorful "bulbs" this late in the year is very inspiring - Will has already decided that we'll be planting a lot more of them next year! The "firecrackers" are still providing a brilliant red even though most of the florets have turned upwards - presumably indicating that seed is set?
The latest to add to the list is Brodiaea californica
Brodiaea californica is making more of an impression as it goes!
Another new one for us is Triteleia laxa Royal Blue - just one flower open so far - in all its double glory!
All I can say Fermi, Trits & Brods must really love Australia! That clump of Brodiaea californica is glorious.
I have to admit that it's been building up over 10 years! Notwithstanding some removals to establish another colony in another bed (the first pic I posted) it hasn't really been disturbed in that time. I'm really getting keen on these American bulbs because they extend the bulb season into summer but it does mean they can't be grown under the deciduous trees like the earlier flowering tulips and daffs as they'll be shaded out. This clump is in full sun in the middle of a gentle north slope (that's like a south slope for you guys!) of our "CM" (Central Mound) in the main rock garden,
We visited our friend Cathy this week and she had this Triteleia laxa in flower which I presume is the "original" T.laxa 'Queen Fabiola' which is a lot darker than the one sold under that name in the trade in Australia.
There are more Trits available and other American bulbs in two catalogues we've just received (sorry Australia only!) - Marcus Harvey's Hillview Rare Plants (hillviewrareplants.com.au) and Lambley Nursery (lambley.com.au)
PS I've just corrected the address for Marcus' list!
Seems Victoria, Australia is a better place for growing North American bulbs than Norway!
Very pretty Fermi.
Beautiful! I would love to be able to grow these (in season, of course- there's snow on the ground here. ;-) )
The Triteleia bridgesii was very floriferous a week after the initial pic
Some Triteleia cultivars:
Silver Queen - the nearby Crataegus are getting bigger and these bulbs will have to be moved before long,
Dichelostemma ida-maia is already going to seed but the lower blooms are still fresh
These Triteleia laxa have obviously been setting seed as there is at least one which is an amethyst color!
someone else has suggested that it is Trillium chloropetalum rather than T. sessile.
I'm just glad to finally see it in flower!
From my admittedly limited experience with trilliums, I thought that the leaves on the chloropetalum were more up-turned and the edges potentially more wavy than those of the sessile species.
Based solely on the photos, I would have made the ID as T. sessile.
Certainly there are folks that have a great deal more experience with Trilliums than I, so hopefully they can provide you with a more concrete identification.
I don't have an opinion for you, Fermi, and I am still unsure of what my "T. sessile" really is. I bought it as T. sessile, and never gave it a second thought until I dug it up to divide it, and discovered the rhizome was not horizontal as it is supposed to be. My plant had several offsets, tightly held against the mother "bulb".
A friend sent me some plants of wild T. sessile and T. cuneatum from Illinois, which also has horizontal rhizomes.
Cuneatum had what I envisioned would be the typical horizontal growth:
But then I saw what he sent me as T. sessile:
They certainly looked vertical to me, but upon closer inspection I saw the horizontal rhizome:
It seems one of the better ways to distinguish species is with stamen and ovary characteristics, but the root configuration will certainly help. Not that you should dig yours up, but if you remember what it was like when you planted it, or for future reference.