Bulbs forum: Summer bulb catalogs are arriving!

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 18, 2014 9:35 AM CST
I noticed that Brent and Becky's summer catalog is now on line, and have been putting my wish list together. Curious what others are finding tempting, and how you're considering using them.

Zephranthes have become a favorite of mine, they're so easy to grow in containers, and increase beautifully. Thus far I've only grown the pink Z.robustus, but would like to try the white Z.candida, and yellow Z.citrina and Z.flavissima this year.

Eucomis (Pineapple Lily) is another favorite I find easy to grow in containers. E. autumnalis and E.montana are the ones I've been growing for a few years, as well as E.bicolor, although that one hasn't performed as well as the others. 'Sparkling Burgundy' has to be added this year! The expense has kept me from ordering it, but I can't wait any longer, LOL. Also considering 'Pole Evansii' that is said to grow 3-6' tall- what a statement that would make!
'Twinkle Stars' also looks very promising.

Galtonia candicans, the Summer Hyacinth, has always intrigued me. I'm curious if any of you have any experience with this plant? They're said to be hardy to zone 5 and fragrant, so definitely sounds worth trying!

What summer offerings are you considering?
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 18, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Galtonia candicans - I grew it some years ago, it survived for maybe 3 years before disappearing under the onslaught of neighboring chrysanthemums and annuals. It was ok though not over-inspiring.

So far, in the Brent and Becky catalog I've marked Cosmos atrosanguineus, the Chocolate Cosmos (once grown in a pot, then, when planted in the ground, it expired, it's a Z 7), Lucifer, Crocosmia (old ones gave up the ghost), Dahlia 'Happy Single Party', Tuberose (old ones went kind of blah), Ornithogalum 'Namib Gold', kind of new cultivar, and maybe a couple of Lilies (Garden Stone and Whistler).
I have to be careful as I've not much space left to exploit.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 18, 2014 3:39 PM CST
Last fall I planted 250 of the Asiatic pastel lily mix from Scheepers. That will be all for my summer bulbs this year. Not planning on planting any others.
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jmorth
Jan 18, 2014 3:50 PM CST
Yeah, right! (lol)

That's quite a few lilies.I usually only plant 3 or only one of each variety I purchase. Some have established impressive stands (Crimson Pixie, Lollipop, Black Beauty, Scheherazade, Orange Tango, Beauty Rose, Marque, and Kentucky).
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 18, 2014 4:16 PM CST
I have not planted lilies in a few years so I really went all out.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 18, 2014 5:29 PM CST
Another I've had my eye on is Bessera elegans. Jmorth, seems I recall you grew some in containers- is that right? They look very appealing to me.

I'm also wanting to replace my Crocosmia 'Lucifer', that didn't survive those couple of years of being overtaken by weeds. I'd like to try all the other Crocosmia offerings as well.
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jmorth
Jan 18, 2014 6:16 PM CST
Bessera elegans was a pleasant surprise. They are late bloomers but really remarkable. Exotic green colored pollen and a most uniquely colored very purple pistil.on red flowers w/ white stripes.
Relatively long blooming period, Overwintered mine dry in pot in basement. Database has some pics.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2014 4:55 AM CST
Those are some great pics, the one where you captured the hummingbird is wonderful! Is this the first time you've overwintered them? Looks like they increase well. Those just made it to my "for sure" list!

I'd like to pick up some Tuberoses too. I made the mistake of planting Oxalis triangularis with mine last year, and the foliage couldn't compete. When I took them out of the pot, only a single little bulb had survived.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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jmorth
Jan 19, 2014 8:33 AM CST
1st blooms were in the fall of 2010. Have had them since though last fall's presentation only amounted to a couple of flowering scapes (pot was positioned differently and lack of enough sun may have contributed to the poor turnout). I'll repot said pot this spring to ascertain if some other factor is/was involved.
You'll enjoy them I'm sure.
Tuberoses should bloom about the same time.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 20, 2014 7:35 PM CST
If you guys have any suggestions for me I'm all ears. Being new up here I'm floundering a bit as to what may or may not do well for me. My conditions are sun, sun & more sun although I do have a large area which receives a good deal of shade. Nothing is convenient to water. There are only 2 spigots on the house -- 1 at each end & we have not had opportunity yet to run any additional lines & it probably won't happen until next year. We are mostly sand but there are areas of clay. Drought tolerant would be key. I'm trying to stay away from pots. My aim tends toward the wildflower/naturalized effect.
I'm wondering about alstroemeria. I do love them so & they just wouldn't grow down south. I'm also looking at LA lilys. Other than that I'm a little out of my depth so any help would be appreciated.
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 20, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Ann, 'being new up here' means ? where geographically...
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 20, 2014 7:55 PM CST
Lake City, Fl. USDA zone 8b. Transplanted from 10a --- way down south in eastern coastal Fl.' essentially another world.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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