Christiaan van Schalkwyk, South Africa

2017, Whatever season….

July 26, 2017

Category: Hybridizing

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Here in the northern parts of South Africa we experienced a very fierce winter – last week – and some cold days since. Winter arrived very late and one can see nature is confused. Most trees still have their leaves on, autumn colours are not yet a reality. The roses are still in bloom, while it is about time to get them pruned. Ah well…

Most daffodils are doing great. Unfortunately it would seem that all my bulbocodiums disappeared from the last season to this one, the standard types are sprouting, and some are blooming.

N. henriquesii is flowering, as is some paperwhites (still). A few Jonquillas with Early Louisianna in their pedigree are very early – last year the first ones were seen in September.

Three (out of 29) bulbs grown from seed (from Lawrence Trevanion, sown 2013) of Paperwhite x Tazetta, flowered this year. The third one is near white and the flowers short lived – I did not even take a picture. The other two are pictured here. The w-y did have 11 flowers on the stem.


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2 Responses to 2017, Whatever season….

  1. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    July 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Nice to see daffodils in July!  The one in Picture 4 looks very nice.

  2. Lawrence Trevanion, Australia
    Lawrence Trevanion, Australia
    July 29, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Hi Christiaan,

    That is very disappointing about the bulbocodiums. I must say I’m surprised.

    Good to see the jonquilla and tazettas are doing well. Those seedlings are Taztep op (selfed) I think, probably tetraploid 42 and very good parents when crossed with diploid tazettas such as Autumn Colors – but you will need to deanther them before they open.