South African Bulbs 2017

Submitted by Fermi on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 07:01

Gloriosa superba is from South Africa right through to the tropics, I believe. In northern Australia it has actually become a weed as it spreads by seed and offsets. All parts of the plant are also poisonous!

Gloriosa superbaGloriosa superba

We grow it in pots to try to keep it drier during winter when it is dormant

cheers

fermi

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Submitted by Fermi on Sun, 03/12/2017 - 23:47

Eucomis vandermerwei is a dwarf  "Pineapple Lily" which started flowering in late January here. 

Eucomis vandermerweiEucomis vandermerwei

These pics are from early February

cheers

fermi


Hesperantha latifolia

Hesperantha latifolia

Romulea hirta

Romulea hirta

Geissorhiza orinthogaloides

Geissorhiza ornithogaloides

More flowers on Lapeirousia montana

Lapeirousia montana

cheers

fermi


Moraea macronyx originally grown from seed from Silverhill Seeds, RSA

Moraea macronyx - 2 types

Some have brown marks on the falls

Moraea macronyx -marked falls

A few have unmarked falls

Moraea macronyx - unmarked falls

cheers

fermi


After all the pint-sized spring flowers so far here is one that stands over 2 feet tall:
Moraea marlothii, flowering for the first time today from seed from SIGNA sown on June 3rd 2012; first seedlings August 11th 2012.

Moraea marlothiiMoraea marlothiiMoraea marlothiiMoraea marlothii

cheers

fermi


Submitted by Fermi on Sun, 10/08/2017 - 07:03

Some more from our garden:

A babiana has seeded itself at the base of the rock garden in the path!

Babiana in pathBabiana villosa?

Bulbinella trquetra is the smallest one we grow at less than 5 inches tall

Bulbinella triquetraBulbinella triquetra

cheers

fermi

 


Thanks, Fermi,

I always enjoy seeing the bright colors in your garden at this time of year.  When I look out at my garden, I see lots of pink and white from colchicums.  The only bright color is from zauschnerias (epilobiums).

...Claire


Submitted by Fermi on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 07:18

In reply to by Cockcroft

HI Claire,

glad you enjoy the flowers - we'll soon be into summer which is when everything tends to slow down because of the heat!

Here's another babiana, Babiana spathacea - in white and cream forms

Babiana spathaceaBabiana spathaceaBabiana spathacea

cheers

fermi


Submitted by Fermi on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 23:41

In reply to by Fermi

A couple of Geissorhiza in flower today:
Geissorhiza radians

Geissorhiza radians

Geissorhiza darlingensis

Geissorhiza darlingensis

cheers

fermi


Moraea herrei (syn Barnardiella spiralis) grown from SilverHill Seeds 2013, sown 2014 and first seedling 2015;

Moraea herreiMoraea herreiMoraea herreiMoraea herrei

cheers

fermi