Sunday, October 31, 2010


This year my Stanophea are blooming very late in the season. This one is S. tigrina with a very intensive smell especially late in the afternoon.

This specimen is from an unknown species or cultivar that I bought as S. tigrina. It begin to smell late in the morning and has a intense yellow color.

This is a Stanophea oculata with delicate light yellow flowers. It has bloomed a couple of weeks before S. tigrina.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Crocus sativus

Growing in pots doesn't work! Crocus sativus need open ground, sunny and well drained soil. Plant the corms in very fertile organic soil with masses of bonfire ash ridged up over corms at least 20 cm deep. I dig them to go in the airing cupboard for the summer months. The reason they go into the airing cupboard is because the Spanish Saffron Industry research board has indemnified that an optimum storage temperature of 30deg.C for 6 weeks results in multiple flowers.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pancratium canariensis

From the Canary Islands come this beautiful member of the Amaryllidaceae. The growing season begin in September with the emerging of the Inflorescences. After blooming has ceased, the leaves begin to grow. In april-may, after the leaves turn yellow, the bulb go dormant and will not be resumed before the next fall.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fascicularia bicolor

The new rosettes of Fascicularia bicolor are more or less two years old as they begin to flower. First sign is the discoloration of the leaves, first just spotted in red than homogeneously red. A couple of weeks later in the center of the rosette the flowers are visible. They open gradually, the single flower last just a few days. On a mature specimen you can have more than ten rosettes blooming simultaneously.

Protea repens white flowers

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall-blooming anemones

Anemone × hybrida 'Prinz Heinrich'

Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Anemone × hybrida 'Königin Charlotte'

Anemone × hybrida "Splendens"