Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: Flowering in October 2013
Started by: Jon EvansGo to latest contribution by Helen Johnstone, 14 November 2013, 17:37. Go to bottom of this page.
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To brighten these long damp days, here are a few things which flowered in the last month, but didn't make a show for one reason or another.
The colchicums were good this year, but most were past their best by the Kent Show. Here is C. cilicium, and some others, a week earlier.
A niec, short form of Nerine humilis.
By contrast with the earlier colchicums, this, my favourite, has only been out for the last week or so.
I badly wanted to take this to a show, but the dull weather meant that the buds were very slow to open, and it has only reached its peak this weekend. These are about 5 inches high, and were grown from seed sown in Autumn 2008.
Such interesting plants Jon. There is a good article by Michael J.Campbell in the latest Rock Garden Quarterly about Moraeas. The South African flora just gets more and more interesting, and the Moraeas have something of that striking variation that the American Calochortus have, plus being easier to grow.
A couple of plants from November. First a nice, large form of Nerine humilis I got from Chris and Lorraine Birchall (Tale Vallery Nursery).
My pan of Ipheion sessile has been wonderful for the last week or so.
Jon - I do like the look of those Haemantheas, are they S African and do you show them at AGS shows?
The Haemanthus are South African. I do take them to shows if the flowers are in good condition, but that is difficult to arrange when we only have 3 shows over a period of two weeks. The judges aren't normally too impressed, but there are always some visitors who are excited by them. Some of them make very large leaves after flower - they are appearing now - and I don't think they are hugely hardy, though possibly on a par with most Mediterranean bulbs.
You can grow them from seed from South Africa - I have several pots of seedlings - but it is a long wait before they get to flowering size. The mature bulbs seem to make offsets slowly, which is how I got these big ones. Kurt Vickery sometimes has some.
One of the reasons for growing them is that although they are not as showy as some of the big amaryllids like Brunsvigia, they are a lot easier to flower in the UK climate, and once they get to flowering size they seem to perform year after year.
I do like S African bulbs, well any bulbs to be honest. Who is the person who mention? Where would I be likely to get seeds/bulbs?
I have sent you a some lists and links - enjoy browsing!