ARS Tasmania Newsletter – September 2013

  • Date: 10th February 2016

IN MY GARDEN by Lesley Gillanders

After ten weeks recovering from a major heart attack Ken is allowed to work in his garden again - at least being confined inside while the bad weather was with us, was acceptable. Now as Spring progresses there is much pleasure for both of us to see all the little bulbs producing their flowers. There are two floriferous patches of Narcissus cyclamineus in the raised garden at the back of the patio. Ken also planted a patch of these near the creek. Luckily they were safely above the waterline when the creek flooded but some of the Erythronium californicum were washed away.

Tecophilaea cyanocrocus have several flowers open with more to come. It is a native bulb from Chile with intense deep blue flowers. Once thought to be extinct in the wild, a recent discovery of a population in a remote area of the Andes has been preserved. A few years back Ken raised a blue flowered Tropaeolum  azureum. It has a pretty mid blue open flower, larger than the red and black blooms of T.tricolor. He has plunged it, still in its pot, in a spot where we can see it from the lounge. There are a lot more flowers to open in the next few weeks.

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