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Re: Sternbergia lutea was: colchicum.

I have to admit that my Sternbergia probably don't perform as well as they 
would in a warmer climate, but they are surviving and hopefully will flower 
this year as they did the previous 2 yrs.   My house faces east and I have a 
dogwood in the front yard, center but a little to the north.  My lot is on a 
curve so southern exposure is fully open after the sun gets past the Silver 
maple on the southeast corner.   The dogwood is underplanted with Candytuft and 
various threadleaf coreopsis and then the sternbergia are on the eastern rim of 
this.  I've overplanted the Sternbergia the last 2 yrs with a brachyscome, 
which is why it's sometimes difficult to know when they come up. I'm also 
concerned now that the annual could be hogging the nutrients- except that maybe 
the overplanting is a plus because I add fertilizer when I plant it.  If they 
need a bone dry dormancy, in general I would guess the dogwood and other plants 
around there hog the water.  That area does get dry and I'm not one to do a lot 
of watering.  It's also on a very slight incline down to the front sidewalk.  I 
hope all this rain we had this season doesn't do them any damage.

> Kitty, I noticed that the S. lutea I have been growing in a pot are
> emerging from dormancy.  Now, I would much prefer to put these in the
> garden, but figured they'd never return as I don't have a place that
> is certain to be bone dry AND receive sun for their dormant period.
> Since you are in a colder climate than I am....where in your garden
> and in what conditions have you planted yours?
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> > On Thursday, September 11, 2003, at 09:10 PM, Kitty wrote:
> > 
> > > I have some coming up, too.  I never really get used to their
> simple 
> > > beauty.
> > > Have grown them for years and they still take my breath away.
> > > What surprised me was that I just noticed that my Sternbergia
> lutea are
> > > back. They're not supposed to be hardy here, but I got some a
> couple 
> > > years
> > > ago from Peter and even with the rough winter we had they are
> back for 
> > > their
> > > third appearance.
> > >
> > > Kitty
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