Manage episode 298199343 series 2360070
Spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, freesias, bluebells, to name a few are all bulbs from the northern hemisphere. They do best in cool climates and once the main spring show is over, there's nothing left to excite.
- It's time to changeup or simply extend the flowering season to what garden designer Peter Nixon terms 'warm bulbs.'
- These come from warmer climates such as South Africa and South America, therefore are more suited to a large part of eastern Australia-the 'cool sub trops.' (Cool sub-tropical). Scadoxus multiflorus var. katarineae photo P. Nixon
- The other benefits of these spectacular bulbs are that they flower much later and longer; late spring into summer and even autumn.
We're starting of this 4 part series with 'bulbs for bright semi-shade.'
- The first group are Scadoxus species, some of which evergreen.
- This group DO NOT like low light levels, and poor drainage.
- If growing under a tree, the canopy must be well above so the bulbs are not shaded.
- Even morning sun would be good.
- Bulbs are the size of an onion.
- DO NOT bury the bulbs as you would a tulip are narcissus. The neck of these bulbs MUST be half-emerged.
Peter mentions these:
Scadoxus multiflorus var. katarinaea - Fireball Lily (but also grows in Southern Highlands equating to higher altitude South Africa).
Scadoxus membranaceus -entirely staminate and surrounded with pale bracts.
I have some of these warm bulbs-namely two varieties of Haemanthus.One flowers easily, and the other, I’ve yet to discover where it prefers to grow so it puts out the red paintbrush flower.
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