April 19, 2019 - Jeffery said…
"I was offered seed from the Ed McCrae collection via their lilium preservation society with the idea of increasing the species.
I only ordered species that l thought l could grow successfully e.g. Wilson Davidii, Pumilum, Concolor, Lancifolium, and the yellow form
There were some quite rare and difficult species, but not for my climate.
The first batch have been planted out, the later batch l have decided to grow on and plant out in Spring."
Note: I went looking for references to Ed McCrae, and the first "gem" as a reference that I found was this one… - ed.
Jeff subsequently came back with this…
"When the Oregon Bulb farm in USA in the 50,s was breeding liliums Ed McRae was one of their top breeders, they collected lilium seed from all over the world and started crossing.
Up Until then hybrids were frowned on and only species the accepted plant to grow.
In the early days of our society we imported bulbs from them, and we also had our own quarantine block at Piccadilly. It belonged to Don Scott-Young."
April 23, 2019 - In Helen and Rob Fairweather's garden…
Great excitement, a small pot of Narcissus viridiflora had begun flowering. A small triumph we know, however the flowers on this little daffodil are not only small (measuring a mere 2.5cm from tip to tip of the petals, and the scape only 16cm high), but is the only daffodil known with green petals!
Marg Jenkins also advised today that she has a bloom just opening at the moment.
Pat Simpson 'phoned me to advise that she had Zephyranthes primulina in bloom today. We now have the pink, white and gold Zephyrances images in our library. Pat also had brought around a pot of Nerine filifolia that she had grown on after Helen had divided a group that was obviously planted in incorrect conditions, and had never flowered for her!