Northumberland Diary Discussion: Northumberland Diary 201
Started by: Mel LinneyGo to latest contribution by John Richards, 03 January 2012, 10:16. Go to bottom of this page.
John, thank you for another year of the wonderful and brilliant Northumberland Diary. Looking forward to 2012 as, I am sure, are a host of other readers both members and non members. Mel.
John - I promise not to say 'Wow' too much but I do like the picture of Frit. recurva with lichen; very Christmassy! I have never had great success growing many of these American bulbs, though do have F. pluriflora on a raised bed. On the NARGS Forum though, Panayoti Kelaidis showed a tremendous picture of mixed Calochortus naturalising in grass. Now that would be something! I have tried them in a sand bed where I thought the good drainage and aeration might enable them to tolerate summer rains, but they have not lasted too long. I would personally also be very interested in hearing more from anyone about the American alpine nurseries you mention.
Well, neither of us live in Denver of course with its dry atmosphere and high light intensity. As for the frits, I was given some F. recurva spawn when I was over there which I grew in a pot in the alpine house for a number of years. Twice I got a bulb big enough to make a flowering stem which then aborted; probably cold snaps but I can't be sure. I lost all these in the intense colds of 2009/10 and 2010/11. However they should be hardy with you. They do NOT like summer baking, but DO like the dry air of the alpine house I think. They are probably better planted out under glass.