New Bulbs April 2013

Today some rare and unusual bulbs arrived from Tesselaar Bulb Nursery in Silvan, Victoria. These were reasonably rare and cost more than the usual but are exciting because of that.

Californian Firecracker (Dichelostemma Ida Maia)

Californian Firecracker is ideally suited to my mediterranean climate of wet winters and long hot summers.

Californian Firecracker is ideally suited to my Mediterranean climate of wet winters and long hot summers.

Explosive, red flowers that bloom from early October all the way through to December! The flowers open in dense umbels, around 8cm across. The blooms open in groups of up to 20, each flower is 2-3cm long. The blooms are saturated, strong red with complimentary, soft green sepals. They even make good cut flowers. Slightly curved flower stems to 40cm.

The foliage is thin and grass like. It grows with the autumn and winter rains, fading as the flowers begin to bloom. After flowering the plant will soon become dormant.

During dormancy, Californian Firecracker Flower requires a hot, dry period. For this reason it ideal in dry garden beds.

Plant 10cm in a warm spot in the garden. Water in and keep moist in active growth. Grow in full sun in cool climates and part shade in warmer areas. Plant into a well drained soil. Californian Firecracker Plant or Dichelostemma Ida-maia can be propagated from seed, but this can be a bit challenging. They will also produce offsets at a moderate rate which can be divided and shared with friends.

Native to the grasslands of North America, where they are pollinated by birds.

Attributes

Code: DCIFC
Genus: Dichelostemma
Species: ida-maia
Height: 20-30cm
Width: 5cm
Flowers: Spring to Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Magic Lily (Lycoris Squamigera)

Magic Lily is proposed to be planted beneath my summer flower perennial so these can grow through and flower before the large perennials take over.

Magic Lily is proposed to be planted beneath my summer flower perennial so these can grow through and flower before the large perennials take over.

Flower stems magically appear and flower in only 5 days!

The flowers bloom in groups of 4-7 on 60-75cm stems from late summer to autumn. The flower stems emerge and flower in around 5 days. It is from this amazing feat that they get their common names of Magic Lily or Surprise Lily. The blooms are rose pink with a lilac flush.

The leaves emerge in spring and look lush at first then loll on the ground, so if you can hide them amongst perennials. They grow to 45cm long. These vigorous bulbs can be left to their own devices once planted. Plant them in any well drained soil. They can grow in beds, lawn plantings, rockeries or pots. So beautiful and so easy.

Attributes

Code: LYSML
Genus: Lycoris
Species: squamigera
Height: 45-70cm
Width: 30cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Trout Lily Rose Beauty (Erythronium Revolutum)

Trout Lily. This requires a little more water than the bulbs above and because I have only a single bulb I will put this in a pot, bury the pot and recover it when I want to divide them. They like filtered light so will probably go under the powton in front of the kitchen window.

Trout Lily. This requires a little more water than the bulbs above and because I have only a single bulb I will put this in a pot, bury the pot and recover it when I want to divide them. They like filtered light so will probably go under the powton in front of the kitchen window.

Rosy pink blooms, 4-7cm across. The flower stems are tall with up to four blooms on each.

The flowers face downward though the petals re-curve to show off more colour and their pendant stamen.

The decorative foliage grows low to the ground. The leaves are bright green with a deep purple mottling.

Ideally grow in well drained, humus rich soil underneath deciduous trees or in a shaded border. Water to establish and keep moist in active growth.
Erythronium are also known as Dog’s Tooth Violet or Trout Lily. They are known as Dog’s Tooth because that is what the bulb resembles.

Attributes

Code: EYRRB
Genus: Erythronium
Species: revolutum
Height: 20-30cm
Width: 10cm
Flowers: Mid Spring
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Filtered Light
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 2

Mediterranean Bells (Nectaroscordum Siculum)

Mediterranea Bells. These are very tall flowering and love dry conditions so I will consider these for the Caravan Garden in the paddock where they will get just what they are after.

Mediterranean Bells. These are very tall flowering and love dry conditions so I will consider these for the Caravan Garden in the paddock where they will get just what they are after.

Loose clusters of pendulous flowers cluster atop strong stems. The flowers are cream, flushed with purplish red or pink and with a wash of green. Each bloom is around 1.5-2.5cm long. As the flowers fade they leave behind handsome seed pods that stick up in the air in late summer.

The upright leaves are around 30-40cm long.

Plant into moderately fertile soil in a full sun to semi shade position. Sharply drained is best. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low. Allow to become relatively dry during dormancy.

Seed heads can be dried.

Attributes

Code: NCSOO
Genus: Nectaroscordum
Species: siculum
Height: 1.2mtr
Width: 10cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

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